Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India

SC quashes PIL challenging partial closure of NH-44

ANI | Updated: May 06, 2019 15:15 IST

New Delhi [India], May 6 (ANI): The Supreme Court has dismissed a PIL challenging the Jammu and Kashmir government's decision to partially close the National Highway for civilian traffic twice a week till May 31.
Last month, restrictions were imposed on civilian movement on NH-44 connecting Jammu to Srinagar in order to ensure adequate security to the movement of security forces' convoys while at the same time minimising public inconvenience.
However, restrictions on civilian movement between Srinagar and Baramulla was completely lifted on May 2. The restrictions remain in force on the Srinagar - Udhampur stretch.
"The restriction on civilian movement between Srinagar and Baramulla on NH-44 will be completely lifted with effect from May 2, 2019. There would be no prohibition on civilian traffic on this stretch on Sunday or Wednesday," said the J-K government in a statement.
"The restrictions would continue between Srinagar and Udhampur on NH-44 as earlier. However, these would be reviewed periodically and relaxation would be made as the need for restriction reduces," the statement read.
Four phases of elections are over in the state. Polling for the fifth phase is underway today. The counting of votes will take place on May 23. (ANI)