Trade, industrial community hit with diversion of traffic: JCCI

‘Restore traffic on Jammu-Pkt NH’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 29: The Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) has said that with the diversion of heavy traffic via Dhar Road, the trade and industrial community has been badly affected in Jammu and Samba.
An urgent meeting of the JCCI was held here today under the chairmanship of senior vice president of the Chamber Anil Gupta in the presence of Rajeev Gupta, junior vice president, Manish Gupta -general secretary, Rajesh Gupta-secretary and Rajesh Gupta- treasurer of JCCI in which the matter related to diversion of road traffic from Lakhanpur to Jammu via Dhar Road due to damage of bridges on the National Highway was discussed in detail.
During discussions, office bearers raised serious concern towards the casual approach of National Highway Authority of India and district administration of Kathua towards the restoration of road link resulting the diversion of heavy vehicles from Lakhanpur to Jammu via Dhar Road resulting delay in goods for trading community and the receipt of raw materials and also for the dispatch of finished goods by Industrial Units which also results in to the increase in the road freight by the transporters. With this the purchases by business community will be costly and the delay in arrivals will create shortage of goods to traders and manufacturers if no immediate steps on war footing basis taken by NHAI and the Administration for the restoration of temporary alternate road on NH.
They pointed out that due to damage to the bridge on the National Highway with the flood on July 19 the traffic was diverted through Old Samba Kathua Road but no corrective steps were taken by the NHAI till July 27 for restoration of temporary road. But the bridge on Old Samba Kathua Road has also been closed for heavy traffic due to damage to Chakra bridge.
Now the vehicle are being diverted through Dhar Road from Lakhanpur and this has badly hit the traders and industrialists from Samba and Jammu area.
The JCCI has urged the Lt Governor to intervene into the matter and restore traffic on main Jammu-Pathankote National Highway without much delay.