With the two-day-a-week ban on the civilian traffic movement on the 270-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway coming into effect, hundreds of security forces have been deployed along the crucial stretch to ensure safe passage of their convoys.
The curbs on the civilian traffic have thrown normal life out of gear through the Valley, with negligible traffic movement on the highway. At major intersections and crossings across Srinagar city, the security forces like the CRPF, J&K Police and Rashtriya Rifles have erected barricades, including concertina wires, to restrict the civilian movement.
Police deployed at these spots could be seen checking the antecedents of those driving private vehicles as the administration has announced that patients, students and government employees would be exempt. Scores of early morning travellers could be seen trekking on foot as the public transport remained off the roads. Reports of similar restrictions on traffic on the highway in Baramulla, Pulwama and Anantnag towns were coming in, where the 270-km Baramulla-Srinagar-Jammu National Highway passes.
Authorities had issued a notification earlier to disallow all civil and public transport on the national highway from Udhampur district in Jammu division to Baramulla district in the Valley on Sundays and Wednesdays. From 4 am to 5 pm on Sundays and Wednesdays, only security forces convoys would travel on the highway. The notification said the order would be in force till May 31.