Srinagar: Additional Director General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar on Saturday said that no civil traffic will be stopped on National Highway during movement of VVIPs or senior officers.
ADGP Kumar also advised police and security forces officers to conduct a joint survey of national highway viz a viz convoy movement in their AOR ( Areas of Responsibility) and recommend some changes in order to maintain a smooth flow of civilian traffic during convoy movements without unnecessary hindrance.
He said this while chairing a high-level meeting with the officers of Police, security forces and other intelligence agencies in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district to review the security of National Highway and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) being followed by security forces during convoy movement.
The meeting was attended by senior officers of all the security agencies.
ADGP advised all the participating officers to conduct a joint survey of national highway viz a viz convoy movement in their AOR ( areas of responsibility) and recommend some changes where and if possible, to modify the SOPs in order to maintain a smooth flow of civilian traffic during convoy movements without unnecessary hindrance.
During the meeting, ADGP Kashmir advised the Senior Superintendents of Police, Central Armed Police Forces and Army Officers to identify the spots on national highway where engineering intervention is required in raising heights of dividers, direct lateral entries and U-turn on National Highway.
“They were also advised to identify the spots where service lane is required and also send joint recommendation where underpass or over pass are required to maintain the smooth flow of traffic on National Highway,” a police spokesman said.
ADGP Kashmir further directed the district heads to identify the spots where additional CCTVs can be installed.
The chairing officer further directed them to employ SHOs/SDPOs on NHW during convoy movement at vulnerable spots.
The officers were also stressed by ADGP Kashmir to discourage the illegal construction and also to assist civil administration and national highways authority to remove such illegal structures on National Highway.
During the meeting, it was decided that no civil traffic will be stopped on National Highway during VVIPs, senior Officers movement as an immediate measure and also to suggest additional measures for smooth flow of civilian traffic in phased manners.
The officers participating in the meeting were also advised to conduct joint survey and prepare SOPs to facilitate the free flow of traffic without compromising the security of convoys in phase manner. This new SOPs would be submitted to higher up for further approval.
Besides, special focus be given to lateral entries on National Highway and additional Nafri may be deployed on laterals. In order to maintain smooth flow of vehicles, ADGP Kashmir urged Traffic police to deploy additional manpower on important/busy laterals.
All districts SSP were also instructed to generate specific inputs and launch anti-terrorist operations along the sides of NHW and take legal actions against OGWs operating in these areas, the police spokesman said.