Srinagar/Aug, 3 : Member Parliament Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi on Tuesday called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him of immense hardships faced by people travelling by private and public transport from Anantnag and other towns on Srinagar-Jammu highway and Srinagar-Leh Highways.
Regretting frequent halts enforced by government forces on highway the National Conference MP told 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 SF convoys. Masoodi demanded that traffic regulations need to be rationalised 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 non payment of rent at revised rates. He invited attention of the minister to commutations addressed by the Principal Home and other officers to the MoD in this regard. He sought intervention of the minister to bring respite and relief to the affected farmers. Masoodi reiterated his request for speeding up work on AIIMS at Awantipur.