By: Aijaz Ahmed Khan
Srinagar, March 5: A delegation of the New Kashmir Fruit Association, Srinagar, led by its president Bashir Ahmad Basheer, met Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today. The members of the delegation raised their concern over the prolonged closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway and its adverse impact on fruit and vegetable sectors.
“With the frequent closure of Srinagar Jammu national highway, the growers, farmers & dealers suffer losses in crores. The fruit-laden trucks are stuck on the highway for weeks and until they reach the respective places the whole fruits and vegetables are damaged resulting in a huge loss”, Mr Bashir was quoted as saying.
“Farmers have already suffered a lot due to natural calamities and now the prolonged closure of highway is giving them nightmares”, the Association has lamented.
The delegation also informed that the fruit and vegetable trucks are being stopped at Udhampur by some officials of traffic and are asked to pay bribes in order to move forward. They have demanded that this be stopped and those responsible should be punished.
“The unnecessary stoppage of these trucks, not only deplete the quality but also create a shortage of fruits and vegetables in the valley”, the Association has further said.
The delegation also requested that Mughal Road should be made functional so that the opportunity of an alternative route could be available. A lot of fruits are still stored in different cold storages and sheds of the valley which need smooth transportation to the respective places, they further informed the Divisional Commissioner.