Saturday, April 20, 2019

J&K govt blocking of a highway

J&K govt blocking of a highway

Why in News?


The J&K govt. issued an order banning the movement of civilian traffic on a 270-km stretch (Udhampur-Baramulla) of the Jammu-Srinagar-Uri national highway for two days every week.


Why is thhighway important?


Jammu-Srinagar-Uri national highway (NH-1A) 
Road link that connects Kashmir to the outside world 
The highway, directly and indirectly, impacts a population of over 69 lakh.

Govt. Reasons

The government has cited the recent suicide bombing of a security forces convoy in Pulwama which killed 40 CRPF personnel as the reason for restricting traffics.

Implications

Lockdown 
Closing the highway during daytime would mean that most government and private offices, banks, schools and colleges would remain shut on Wednesdays and the movement of people to hospitals would be severely restricted on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Anotheviabloption

Had the government decided to move security convoys at night, the impact on civilian traffic movement could have been much less. 
Train Journey 
Specific hours

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