Urges admin to revoke dictate
Srinagar: The National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Sagar on Tuesday decried the restrictions on the civilian traffic on Qazigund-Nashri stretch, saying the measure is regressive and will put the people to undue duress.
While censuring the administration for the “imprudent step”, he in a statement said, “The administration is known for coming up with such unconsidered decisions. The move will inadvertently hit the movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu –Srinagar highway. The sole national highway connecting Srinagar with the rest of the country already suffers from intermittent blockages due to the vagaries of weather. The other day the civilian traffic on the stretch was curbed for 5 hours. The dictate of putting retractions on the vehicular movement if persists will put the public to undue duress. The step is bound to hamper the easy movement of tourist inflow to Kashmir. Moreover, the dictate will affect the traders by spoiling Kashmir bound perishable items and vice versa.”
The NC leader while calling for an early revocation of the dictate said, “The frequent restrictions on the sole national highway connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country on one pretext or the other causes unimaginable loses to the business community apart from severe inconvenience to the general public including patients and students.”
“Nowhere in the world are people subjected to such bizarre dictates and deplorable treatment by the governments that claim to work for the betterment of common citizenry,” Sagar said, adding, “Restrictions like these on a route as is already troubled with blockages tantamount to strangulation of the economic activity in the valley. Such moves are uncalled for and reflective of the aversion that the present administration has for the humane values.”
“I urge the administration to revoke the dictate of barring the civilian vehicles from plying on Qazigund-Nashri stretch from 10 am to 3 pm,” he said.