NC protests against highway ban

NC protests against highway ban

Urges govt to revoke ‘reckless’ diktat

Srinagar: The National Conference on Saturday staged a protest march in south Kashmir’s Kulgam against restrictions on civilian traffic on highway and demanded immediate rollback of the “reckless” order.
The statement issued here said: The NC leader Sakina Itoo while addressing the workers, party functionaries said, “The incumbent 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 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.”
She said that the dictate of putting retractions on the vehicular movement 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,” she added.
While calling for an early revocation of the “reckless” diktat, the NC leader Majeed Bhat 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 the people subjected to such bizarre dictates and deplorable treatment by the governments that claim to work for the betterment of common citizenry,” the party leader Imran Nabi Dar said.
He said that 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 the highway. Diktats like these does not augur well for a working democracy. Such measures will push the already aggravated people to wall,” Imran said.