Srinagar: Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chairman Muhammad Yasin Khan on Friday said that the closure of the Kashmir highway twice a week will only alienate the people of Kashmiris further.
In a statement, Khan said that the government must look into the matter and reconsider its citizen.
“Such inhuman decisions can only alienate the people further. The government must look into the matter and reconsider its decision on priority because public movement on roads was not curbed even in 1990s,” Khan said.
Khan said Kashmiris don’t have any alternative routes other than the highway which is the lifeline from Banihal to Kupwara.
“How will the patients reach hospitals? How will students reach educational institutions? How will the office goers reach offices? And how will business go on?” Khan questioned.
He said such a ban on the start of tourist season can only again doom the prospects of any revival of tourism season this year. “Will we ask our tourists to be confined indoors on the ban days,” Khan asked.
He said among other trades, the horticulture would be worst hit. “Horticulture is the backbone of our economy, ban on highway will only leave this business sector rotting,” he said.
Khan said the people have a fundamental right to road access and it cannot be curbed in the garb of security reasons. “Why doesn’t the government explore possibility of dedicated rail service for troops from Banihal to Kupwara,” he questioned.