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Def Ministry comes out with protocol for closure of Cantonment roads

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

After weeks of deliberations with the Army, the has devised a for closure of any road in across the country, asserting that emergent security needs of the force have been taken into consideration.

In May, the decided to allow civilian access to the roads in 62 but security concerns were raised on the move. A country-wide signature campaign against the government decision was launched by wives of officers.

Subsequently, held several rounds of discussions on the of the Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, officials of the and officials of her ministry.

"The ministry in coordination with the headquarters has devised a for closure of roads in Cantonments, in conformity with the provisions of the Act, 2006," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry had decided to give civilian access to the Cantonment roads after Sitharaman held a meeting with a group of parliamentarians and elected of the 62

The ministry said the process of closure of roads may be initiated in case of roads which the local authorities consider necessary but they will have to cite the reasons.

"Due process as laid down under Cantonment Act, 2006 and the orders issued by the Ministry dated May 28, 2018 will be followed," it said.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 20:10 IST