|Early Times Report|
RAMBAN, Jan 29: The Inspector General (IG) of Traffic Police, Alok Kumar today visited NH44 in Ramban and inspected crucial sliding areas to reviewed the status of road clearance operations with the Police, Traffic Police and civil administration represented by the District Development Commissioner (DDC), Ramban, Showkat Aijaz Bhat.
SSP, Ramban, Anita Sharma, SSP Traffic Sanjay Khajuria, Dy. SP. Traffic, Suresh Sharma and representatives of construction companies engaged in four laning projects operating in the district.
IGP deliberated on the condition of the highway especially at Anokhifal, Digdol, and other vulnerable locations 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 to ensure smooth and hassle free movement of vehicles especially during the snowfall and rainy season.
IGP was informed that the due to the ongoing highway widening work the road has been narrowed at various places. Alok Kumar directed the concerned companies to ensure highway stretch clear of any landslide debris to properly regulate the traffic within today night at Anokhifal, Digdol, and other vulnerable locations for the convenience of the commuters.
He directed them to stationed adequate machinery on identified vulnerable spots including Panthial, Mehad, Mompassi, Marog, Nashri, Peeda, Anokhifal on the basis of the weather forecast, install crash barriers, Iron Mesh cum boulder guards, be always vigilant to minimise the reaction time and keep ready with proper plan besides man and machinery to clear landslides and bottlenecks in the traffic movement besides .
DC discussed the location wise status of road with IGP, Traffic and said that despite intermittent landslides the vehicular traffic was restored by the close coordination of District administration and Traffic Police.