In Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture Department, Navin Kumar Choudhary chaired a meeting to review the arrangements for smooth transportation of fruit crops to the outside of the Valley at the civil secretariat.
The meeting was attended by DC Udhampur, Piyush Singla; DC Poonch, Rahul Yadav; SSP Traffic Highway; ADC Anantnag, ACR Ramban; Director Planning and Marketing and other officials through video conferencing while SP Traffic, representatives of fruit markets of Sopore, Shopian, Kulgam and other districts attended the meeting in person.
In the meeting, Choudhary directed the officials to strictly enforce one-way traffic especially during the peak fruit season.
He directed the officers to sensitise officials at choking points for better regulation and management of traffic for smooth passage of fruit trucks.
Choudhary stressed upon the officials to devise a mechanism for special marking of fruit trucks with proper signs and marks so that they can be facilitated for smooth passage on national highway. He also asked them to maintain proper time schedule for inbound and outbound traffic besides regular monitoring of the critical points.
Highlighting the need for effective coordination, the Principal Secretary impressed upon the officers to maintain regular coordination between contractors and other executing agencies so that the highway is maintained on regular basis.
Choudhary further directed the officials to form a team of officials in districts Anantnag, Ramban, Poonch and Udhampur and depute them along National Highway for identification of fruit trucks and their proper passage.
Speaking on the occasion, the representatives of fruit markets raised several issues with the Principal Secretary regarding fruit crops and other issues. Choudhary assured them that all of their genuine issues will be looked into and addressed on priority.
He asked them to download Kisan Rath App and take advantage of it as it facilitates farmers and traders across India for smooth transportation of fruit produce.