Trucks still stranded, shortage of mutton in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: After remaining shut for consecutive six days, the Jammu-Srinagar highway was thrown open partially on Sunday, allowing all light motor vehicles to reach the Valley. However, all goods vehicles remain stranded, prolonging the shortage of mutton in Kashmir markets.
An official of the Traffic Control Room told Kashmir Reader that all LMVs stranded on the highway were allowed to move today. From Monday, he said, traffic will move from Jammu to Srinagar.
Inclement weather has hampered the reopening of the vital road, leaving hundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks, stranded. Scores of passengers were ferried from Ramban to various parts of the valley through train last week.
Passengers still stranded in Jammu have held demonstrations in Jammu and Udhampur over the past couple of days against the administration for its alleged failure to make necessary arrangements for their stay. The passengers were demanding to be airlifted to Srinagar, as was the practice in the past during such situations.
General Secretary of the All Kashmir Wholesale Mutton Dealers Association, Mehraj-ud-Din, told Kashmir Reader that the closure of the highway has led to losses of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh each day.
“The mutton market is running dry by 90 percent. All the 5,000 retail shops are closed. We request the government to clear the road, otherwise we will suffer immense losses,” he said.
Meanwhile, night temperatures in most parts of Jammu division marked an improvement with the city recording a low of 4.1 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night’s 3.7 degrees Celsius.