STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: 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 its blockage. 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, Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, other senior officers of concerned departments, representatives of NHAI, Army and Mobile Network 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. 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 shall 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 needs immediate attention of concerned departments/agencies to resolve them in a time bound manner. 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 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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