ZT News Desk

Srinagar, July 3:

The Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union has issued a statement regarding the recent curbs imposed on the movement of passengers and good on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. We are producing herewith the statement as received:

The Members of The New Kashmir Fruit Association Fruit Marketing Complex Parimpora Srinagar who are Fruit Growers/ Dealers are extremely worried on banning of civil traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway (Qazigund to Nashri stretch) for five hours in a day daily in view of Annual Amarnath Yatra. 

In fact the present Fruit season is already severely hit by natural disaster with frequent hailstorm, stormy winds and strong rains since last three months followed by constant closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway due to one or the other reasons with the result the Valley based Fruit Growers/ Dealers particularly Members of this Association have suffered about 90% losses of their produce and the situation thereof has repeatedly been brought to the notice of all concerned authorities of the Governor’s Administration , even the Fruit Mandi Parimpora which Mandi is treated one of the largest Mandi after Delhi and remains functional round the year had been closed in protest for two days. 

Now at the time of harvesting the fresh Fruit crop whatever is saved particularly cherry and Plum is on risk which crop is treated most perishable items and needs to be transported to it’s destination outside state on war footing basis in view of banning once again civil traffic for five hours daily in a day on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in view of annual Amarnath Yatra. 

The Members of the New Kashmir Fruit Association Fruit Mandi Parimpora are desirous for success of annual Amarnath Yatra and welcome the Yatris as well but at the same time the banning for civil traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway for five hours in a day daily will cause extreme hardships for transportation of fresh Fruits outside state particularly Cherry, Plum , Santro’s which are treated one of the most perishable items and in case if these perishable items will not reach its destinations well in time the Fruit Growers/ Dealers will have to face huge additional losses. 

The Management of The New Kashmir Fruit Association would therefore request the Governor’s Administration kindly consider revocation of the orders forthwith banning civil traffic for five hours in a day on Srinagar-Jammu National highway instead allow the plying of fresh Fruit loaded trucks even against the Amarnath Yatra So that Members of this assoactions who are Fruit Growers/ dealers will not face further losses.