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JAMMU, MAY 21: A meeting was convened with the committee of experts of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), constituted to assess the situation of land sliding and unstable slopes on National Highway, besides discussing the issues faced by the implementing agency in undertaking hassle-free four-laning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
Threadbare discussions over the issues of traffic management, removal and dumping of debris, relocation of towers, parking of trucks, repairing of natural drainages, awareness of helpline numbers on the national Highway 44 were held.
It was suggested by the committee that the highway should be divided into zones and section where double lane and single lane traffic is allowed to avoid traffic jams since the parking of vehicles, especially trucks, on the roadside of the national highway causes trouble.
Advisor to Governor KK Sharma asked the concerned authorities to ensure that no truck or any other vehicles are parked on the roadside and dedicated parking points are identified. Highlighting the issue of debris on the roadside, the committee said that there is a proactive need of removing the debris from the highway as it causes hindrance in the smooth working on the highway.
The Advisor asked the concerned officers to identify more locations to dump the debris which should not cause any inconvenience to the traffic plying on the highway.
The Advisor directed the PDD department to protect the towers along with national highway and explore the possibility of their relocation so that populace residing there should not face any kind of problem and concerned departments were asked to take immediate action to repair the natural drains as suggested by the committee.
The meeting also discussed awareness regarding the helpline number so that the people would know about the medical and first aid facilities provided on the national highway. The Advisor directed the officers to work in synergy and coordination for the completion of the project in a smooth and time-bound manner.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Sharma, CGM Headquarter NHAI Maneesh Rastogi, Advisor NHAI Anil Kumar Srivastava, Team Leader Rodic Consultancy BK Jha, Project Director NHAI Jammu Ajay Kumar Rajak, Chief Engineer R&B Nasir Goni, RO J&K Hem Raj, HO HCC Rajesh Srivastava, SP Traffic NH JS Johar and other senior officers of traffic, PWD (R&B), PDD, NHAI were present in the meeting.