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Advisors chair high-level meet, discuss Srinagar-Jammu highway, Mughal Road

Advisors to Governor, K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, K K Sharma and K Skandan on Thursday jointly chaired a high level meeting to discuss the status of works undertaken for maintenance of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway keeping in view the regular incidents of landslides resulting in its blockade, an official spokesman said.

The meeting also discussed the action plan for maintenance
and repairs of Mughal Road and creation of wayside amenities so as to make it
an alternate road link between Kashmir and Jammu regions.

Principal Secretary, Finance, Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal
Secretary, Transport, Asgar Samoon, Commissioner Secretary, Forests, M K
Dwivedi, PCCF J&K Suresh Chugh, Commissioner Secretary PWD Khurshid Ahmad
Shah, Secretary Tourism, Secretary DMR&RR, Pandurang Kondbarao Pole, IGP
Traffic Alok Kumar, Chief Engineer Mughal Road Project, Muhammad Ashraf Bhat,
other senior officers of concerned departments, representatives of NHAI, Army
and cellular service providers attended the meeting.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan, Divisional
Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, Deputy Commissioners of Udhampur, Ramban,
Rajouri, Poonch and Shopian attended the meeting through video conferencing.

Deliberate discussions were held on the directions already
issued to the concerned departments/agencies for expediting the works related
to maintenance and repair of National Highway especially covering of slopes at
identified places so as to minimize the chances of landslides causing road
blockage.

The IG Traffic Alok Kumar informed the meeting about the
plan which the traffic department has adopted to regulate the traffic on NH and
Mughal Road these days and measures to be adopted for ensuring smooth movement
of traffic on these important road links.

Representatives from NHAI while apprising the meeting about
the condition of the road said that the repair and maintenance works are
underway and an expert committee from New Delhi would be visiting the state
within few days and would conduct visit to the National Highway to study its
present condition. It would later submit a report on how to minimize the
incidents of landslides by covering the slopes.

The meeting further deliberated upon various important
issues which need immediate attention of concerned departments/agencies to
resolve them in a time bound manner.

After thorough discussions and the inputs provided by the
participants, few decisions were taken in the meeting to ensure movement of
traffic on both the roads.

It was decided that the Traffic Police would give preference
to the trucks carrying perishable items, livestock, food-grains and petroleum
products, macadamization of the roads would be expedited and patch work to be
completed in ten days, mobile network provider Jio to provide network
connectivity on Mughal Road by installing towers at identified places, combined
teams of Army, Police & SDRF to be placed at critical points, wayside
amenities to be created on Mughal Road by Tourism department including
temporary toilets, food points, vehicle repair points, overloaded vehicles not
to be allowed on both the roads, PHC to be established at Dubjan in Shopian and
two ambulances to be provided for Mughal Road, advanced heavy duty snow cutter
machines be procured for clearance of snow on Mughal road, NHAI to effectively put
in protection measures at sliding zones etc.

All the concerned departments and agencies were directed to
implement these decisions on ground and put in their coordinated efforts in
making NH and Mughal Road traffic worthy for the maximum time.

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