I apologize, ban was imposed in national interest, says Governor Malik on Highway ban

Srinagar: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday after inaugurating second phase of Jahangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover apologized for the restrictions imposed on civilian movement on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway.

Malik while talking to reporters said that ban was imposed in ‘national interest’.

“I apologise to the people for the inconvenience they had to face due to the highway restrictions but the ban was imposed in national interest,” Malik said.

On Tuesday, The Government of the state has said that all the restrictions will be lifted from the highway from May 27.

The Government in an official handout said that these restrictions had become necessary following the movement of security forces on an unprecedented scale after the Pulwama terror attack. The forces were required both for anti-militancy operations and for smooth conduct of general elections. In order to facilitate safe and secure movement of Security Forces’ Convoys, the Government had imposed a prohibition on civilian traffic on NH-44 from Baramulla to Udhampur twice a week, i.e. on Sunday & Wednesday, from 4.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m. Elaborate arrangements were, however, made by the local administration to facilitate movement of public during the period of restriction.

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