SRINAGAR: The distribution system of cement has been affected in Kashmir Valley due to rift between two groups of truckers in Khrew area of Pulwama where bulk of cement is produced. The traders associated with cement business have urged the authorities to intervene for the smooth distribution of cement.
Kashmir Valley Cement Distributors (KVCD) on Thursday converged at Pres Enclave here to narrate their problems due existing rift at various levels of the cement traders.
They appealed to Governor N N Vohra and Divisional Kashmir Asgar Samoon to intervene and resolve the rift between two Truck Unions of Khrew Industrial Area, with which the trader community are primary sufferers.
Saffron Truck union and Al Khudam truck unions are taking the supply work of cement from the factories of Khrew Industries up to the market of Kashmir Valley.
Claiming that they are native to the industrial area, Al-Khudam truck union is demanding that only they should be allowed to take the supply work up to the valley market and are disrupting the movement of truck belonging to the other union.
President Kashmir Valley Cement Distributers Aijaz Ahmad said the rift between truck unions has halted the production of cement in the factories, due to which the gap between supply and demand of cement in the valley has widened.
“There is acute shortage of cement in the market, because the truck unions’ rift has halted the production and supply of cement to the market,” Aijaz said.
Sources said that cement plants have halted production since February 9, because the cement already produced is piled up in the factories.
“The situation has badly hit the cement traders’ community. This has happened at a time when construction work is at its peak in Kashmir”, Ahmad said.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon told Kashmir Reader that he is reviewing the issue and trying to resolve it through arbitration.
“This case is in my court and we are trying to solve the dispute between the parties. I assure that the cement supply will resume soon,” Samoon Said.