‘Permission’ trumps marriage preparations as family tries to find a way around highway ban

Nadeem Nadu

Srinagar, April 5 (GNS): The government order banning civilian traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway for two days a week seems to be taking a toll on people already with one Anantnag family having to run from pillar to post to seek “permission” from authorities for their son’s wedding.

The family of Danish Nabi said they had to abandon preparations for the wedding scheduled on April 7 in wake of the government order. Reason: the bride’s home is in Doda district of Jammu region.

“Suddenly, we had to seek permission from deputy Commissioner Anantnag for travelling on the highway as the government order has banned civilian traffic on Wednesday and Sunday,” they said.

While there are no changes in rules governing the marriage and deputy commissioner’s consent is not required to tie nuptial knot but Danish’s family had to seek the permission to allow the marriage party travel to the bride’s home in Doda via the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Sunday, one of the two days in a week when civilian traffic will not be allowed on the highway to “secure” the movement of convoy of government forces .

The family, leaving the preparations midway, had to move an application to deputy commissioner and move from one office to another for getting the permission on Friday.

Danish’s brother-in-law Mir Waseem Hassan, along with other family members, first visited the office of Deputy Commissioner Anantnag and submitted an application for grant of permission to ply four vehicles on the highway to reach the bride’s home in Doda district.

The deputy commissioner marked the application on additional deputy commissioner who in turn forwarded it to senior superintendent of police for the southern Kashmir district, seeking report positively to allow the family to ply four vehicles for the marriage ceremony on Sunday. “We are hopeful to get permission,” the family told GNS.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan said that people can approach deputy commissioners of the respective district for permission for any kind of exigency. “Anyone having an emergency can approach the deputy commissioner concerned and after scrutiny permission will be granted,” he said.

On April 3, the government banned civilian traffic from dawn to dusk for two days every week until May 31 on the Highway stretch from Udhampur in Jammu to Baramulla in North Kashmir to facilitate the movement of government forces convoys.

The measure has been adopted to facilitate unhindered movement of security forces’ convoys to eliminate the possibility of fidayeen attacks during the ongoing poll process, said the government in an official order issued here.

The ban on civilian traffic would be effective from Baramulla to Udhampur through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal and Ramban, the notification said.

The ban would be in force on the two days from 4 am to 5 pm, it added.

In case of any emergency requiring passage of civilian vehicle, the police and administrative officials would take appropriate decisions in line with the provisions of movement of civilian traffic during curfews, the notification said. (GNS)

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