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Industrialists appeal for smooth traffic flow on Jammu-Srinagar highway

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

An industrialists' body here Saturday appealed to the administration to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the strategic Jammu-national highway, claiming that traffic mismanagement has caused huge losses to the sector.

The nearly 270-km highway, the only all-weather road linking with rest of the country, has been closed for civilian traffic twice a week -- Wednesday and Sunday -- from 4 am to 5 pm till May 31 to facilitate smooth movement of security convoys, drawing sharp criticism, especially from the mainstream parties and business community in the Valley.

"The mismanagement of traffic movement on the highway is resulting in considerable delay in the receipt of raw material from and dispatch of finished products from to Kashmir, Doda, Kishtwar and other parts of the state," (BBIA) said after a meeting here.

He said though the highway remains operational for civilian traffic for rest of the days of the week, the goods from the twin capital cities take days together to reach the desired destinations, resulting in steep hike in the

"Industrial units are suffering badly due to transit delay of the goods resulting in huge financial losses. In case of perishable items and milk products, 100 per cent losses were reported in some consignments," Mahajan claimed.

He said the BBIA appeals to Satya Pal Malik, his K of police (Traffic) to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the highway from to and vice-versa.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 18:50 IST