Srinagar: Kashmir has witnessed a dip in the flow of trucks carrying vegetables and fruits in the last 13 days of unrest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by the Indian forces.
President, Parimpora Fruit Mandi, Bashir Ahmad Bashir told Kashmir Reader that only 10 to 20 trucks could reach the Valley during these days against the supply of over 100 trucks during normal days.
“We only get potatoes, onions and bananas from outside the state. The LoC trade is closed too,” Bashir said.
Asked what about the reason for dip in the flow, Bashir said that most of the truck drivers prefer stay home and not to risk their lives during these days of unrest.
“Many drivers told me that they were harassed in Punjab. They were asked to alight their vehicles and shout slogans like ‘Baharat Mata ki Jai.’ Drivers now prefer not to leave,” Bashir added. “Traffic flow on the Highway has been affected by Amarnath Yatra. Only a limited number of vehicles are allowed to ply on roads,” Bashir added.
Bashir ruled out Kashmir facing shortage of vegetables if the situation continues like this. ‘Kashmir is self reliant in vegetables, but there may be less supply of fruits,” he said.
Meanwhile Kashmir bound commercial and private operators staged protest demonstrations against police near the Jawahar Tunnel for not allowing them to enter the Valley during day time.
The protestors alleged that they were not allowed to cross the tunnel whenever they reached there. The alleged that state police officials harass the Kashmir bound commercial operators carrying locals to their destinations.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu Danish Rana said, “We don’t want to take any kind of risk related to safety and security of the people. The state administration has been strictly directed not to allow any traffic movement from Tunnel during the day hours, whether it is commercial, private or Amarnath yatra vehicles. When the situation gets normal the traffic movement will be allowed consistently.”
A private vehicle owner of Kulgam, Rashid Malik said, “My mother, who is having Cardiac problems since 15 days, was discharged from GMC Jammu two days back. We have decided to go home in Kashmir but were not allowed to move beyond Jawahar tunnel. I was made to wait another 10 hours before allowed to enter the Valley.”
—With inputs from Suhail Punjabi