Convoy system lifted from NH-44

AGARTALA, Sept 14 – The convoy system on the Assam-Agartala National Highway (NH-44), considered as lifeline of Tripura, has been lifted on Monday following strong demand made by the transporters.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) SS Chaturvedi, senior police and CRPF officers flagged off the vehicles at Chakmaghat in West Tripura district to move without convoy.

With this, the sufferings of passengers travelling on the NH-44 has been removed, said Chaturvedi.

The strength of Road Open Parties (ROPs) and mobile patrolling will be enhanced to ensure safety of passengers as well as transporters, he said adding that the vehicles would be allowed to move without escort from 8 am to 5 pm on the NH-44.

In order to prevent road accidents, traffic police have already set up base on the NH-44. According to the norms, driver should not ply their vehicles at more than 40 km per hour speed to avert road mishaps.

The compulsory escort system was introduced in the NH-44 following militant attacks on passenger buses in 1993. But the situation has changed a lot over the years prompting the government to think over the demand for withdrawal of escort.