Locals, NC Criticise Bi-Weekly Ban on Jammu-Srinagar Highway
Video Editor: Abhishek Sharma
The bi-weekly ban on civilian traffic along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway may have made troop movements safer but it has come at a cost for the locals.
Following the Pulwama terror attack that took place on 14 February, the government decided to reserve the 250-km highway on Wednesdays and Sundays till 31 May 2019.
Former Army chief Ved Prakash Malik took to Twitter on Wednesday, 10 April, to denounce the two-days-a-week closure of the Jammu-Srinagar highway, calling it a “dumb idea”.
The move has also drawn criticism from regional political parties, including the National Conference. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called the closure ‘mindless’.
(With inputs from Aijaz Khan, Srinagar)