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Masoodi meets defence minister, seeks hassle free civil traffic on Jmu-Sgr highway

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Srinagar: National Conference Member Parliament Justice (Retd.) Hasnain Masoodi today met Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him of immense hardship faced by people travelling by private and public transport from Anantnag and other towns on national highway (NH-44) to Srinagar due to frequent halts enforced by security forces.

According to a party press release, Masoodi informed the minister that students, employees commuting daily to Srinagar and patients travelling to visit healthcare centres for consultation end up spending twice the normal time on the travel because of frequent blockades, most the times unwanted in the name of movement of security forces’ convoys.

Masoodi demanded that traffic regulations need to be rationalized so that there are minimum disruptions in traffic movement and least inconvenience is caused to general public. He pointed out that in some cases avoidable mishaps were reported because of long disruptions.

Masoodi also brought to notice of the minister problem faced by the estate holders/lessors of the lands in occupation of armed forces due to nonpayment of rent at revised rates. He invited attention of the minister to commutations addressed by officers to the MoD in this regard and sought his intervention to bring respite and relief to the affected farmers.

Masoodi also reiterated his request for speeding up work on AIIMS Awantipura, the press release said.

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