In order to ensure the smooth movement of Shri Amarnathji Yatra convoys, the authorities have banned civilian traffic movement to allow free and secure movement of vehicles carrying Amarnath pilgrims on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
The order states that there will be ban on 97 km-stretch from Qazigund to Nashri between 1000 hrs to 1500 hrs on the civilian traffic movement which will continue till the conclusion of the annual pilgrimage to holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas on August 15.
The Yatra vehicles will be allowed to move between 10 a.m to 3 p.m on either side daily during which no other vehicle will be allowed to ply on 97-km stretch from Qazigund to Nashri.
This move has led to traffic snarls between Anantnag and Qazigund and Udhampur and Nashri already.
As per the reports, the passenger vehicles will be allowed for hardly 3 and a half hour on the NH-44 from 3:30 p.m to 7 p.m. This is one of its kind move taken by the administration to ensure smooth movement of yatra on highway by restricting civilian traffic.
Scores of people from the valley have criticized the move terming it as an assault on the economy and livelihood of the people of Kashmir.