The highway passes through five of the 10 districts of the Valley, and highways to at least two more districts branch out from it. The highway, directly and indirectly, impacts a population of over 69 lakh.
Three people were very critical among those injured. "We hope all of them are discharged in good health. If there is a need of shifting them to Delhi from Srinagar, we will do that after they get stable," he said.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar said that both the safety of jawans and troops in operations and the overall success of operations are essential in order to keep the motivation and morale of the men high. He also asked his men to take action based on good intelligence inputs.