RAMBAN, Dec 25: Inspector General of Traffic Police, Alok Kumar reviewed the status of the NH 44 with the Police, Traffic Police and civil administration represented by the District Development Commissioner, Ramban Showkat Aijaz Bhat here today.
The meeting was attended by DIG Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban Range Bhimsen Tuti, SSP Ramban Anita Sharma, SSP Traffic Shakti Pathak, ADC Ramban, Dr Basharat Hussain, DySP Traffic, Suresh Sharma, Executive Engineers R&B and PGMSY, AD, FCS&CA and representatives of construction companies engaged in four laning and other national projects operating in the district besides other concerned officers.
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IGP deliberated on the condition of the highway and other roads and the necessary measures needed to be taken, with the local administration besides representatives of executing agencies. He directed the concerned to take adequate steps for ensuring smooth passage of traffic by removing hindrances and proper maintenance of NH 44 at all crucial places from Nashri to Banihal to ensure smooth and hassle free movement of vehicles especially during the snowfall and rainy season.
IGP was informed that due to the ongoing highway widening work the road has been narrowed at various places. Alok Kumar directed the concerned companies to take all necessary measures in anticipation of coming bad weather on the most vulnerable points of NH44, identified as Panthial, Mehad Mompassi, Marog, Nashri, Peeda, Anokhi Fall etc to clear landslides and bottlenecks in the traffic movement.
He directed them to keep stationed adequate machinery on identified vulnerable spots on the basis of the weather forecast, install crash barriers, Iron Mesh cum boulder guards, be always vigilant to minimize the reaction time and keep ready with proper plan and man power.
Speaking on the occasion, DDC said that despite intermittent landslides the vehicular traffic was restored within the shortest possible time by the close coordination of District Administration and Traffic Police with the concerned road maintenance agencies. He said construction companies had been directed to ensure highway stretch clear of any landslide debris as early as possible to regulate the traffic for the convenience of the commuters.