The Army made this suggestion in view of the heavy traffic rush on the existing highway which has become a vulnerable target for terrorists.

The army is of the view that Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir government must shift a large chunk of traffic to the Dhar Udhampur road so that civilian traffic reduces along the international border near Sambha.

If it was not possible to shift the entire traffic to the alternate road, still the vehicles bound for Srinagar could be shifted to the Dhar Udhampur road, an army spokesman said.

Sambha saw a series of terror strikes last year when militants dressed in army uniforms went on a shooting spree along the highway killing civilians and army personnel.

"The shifting of traffic would not only reduce the burden on this highway but would lessen the security burden for the pilgrims to the Amarnath Shrine and Mata Vaisho Devi Shrine," he explained.

Sources said that the state governments have also been advised to wave off toll tax on the alternate road for some time, so that drivers are attracted to ply on the Dhar Udhampur road.

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