Security forces asked to remain on high alert: DGP
Srinagar, May 18: Amid tightened security, the authorities on Friday sealed the Dalgate to Nishat road in view of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Srinagar on Saturday.
Modi is scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday to lay the foundation stone for Srinagar Ring Road and Jammu Ring Road at separate events at Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), Srinagar and at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu the same day.
Officials said that Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari will also be present at the events.
The Ring Roads and Srinagar and Jammu are aimed at reducing traffic congestion at these cities and making road travel safer, faster, more convenient and more environment friendly.
The 42.1 Km, four-lane Srinagar Ring Road will link Galandar in West Srinagar to Sumbal. Being built at a cost of Rs 1860 crore, this road will provide a new route from Srinagar to Kargil and Leh, and reduce travel time. There will be a major bridge, three flyovers, 23 tunnels and two via-ducts on this route.
The 58.25 km, 4-lane Jammu Ring Road, being built at a cost of Rs 2023.87 crore, will link Jagati (western Jammu) to Raya Morh. There will be eight large bridges, six flyovers, two tunnels and four via ducts on this route.
Witnesses said that the authorities amid a thick security blanket have sealed the Dalgate-Nishat main road.
Notably, SKICC where PM Modi will lay foundation stone of the raod is situated in between Dalgate-Nishat road.
Officials said that in view of the PM’s arrival, the traffic has been diverted to ensure free and smooth visit of Modi.
However, the diversion in the traffic today resulted in traffic mess at various places including the Foreshore road, Hazratbal, Dalgate and other areas.
Director General of Police, Dr S. P Vaid told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that elaborate security arrangements have been put into place in view of the Prime Minister’s visit to the state.
“All security measures are in place and security forces have been asked to remain on high alert.” Vaid said. (KNS)