On Wednesday, fruit traders protested against the unnecessary interruption of fruit trucks on the Srinagar- Jammu National Highway. These trucks were deliberately stopped on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway with the intention to weaken the economic position of the Valley, said the traders.
Chairman of Kashmir valley Fruit Growers cum Dealers Union, Bashir Ahmad Bashir said that unnecessary stoppage of fruit loaded trucks for days together on Srinagar-Jammu National highway results in huge loss.
He said that since last several days as per the decision of the Governor administration, in view of annual Yatra the fruit loaded trucks are often stopped on Srinagar-Jammu national highway for days together. “With the result that -due to extreme temperatures- entire fruit loads get damaged,” he said.
Bashir added that earlier ban on highway traffic for two days a week caused heavy losses to horticulture sector of the State. He said that similarly during recent cherry season the Governor administration have also stopped cherry loaded trucks on Srinagar-Jammu national highway for days together.
Basher, who is also the president of the New Kashmir Fruit Association, said that we appeal the Administration kindly allow the fruit loaded trucks to move forward on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway without any interruption even against convoy and Yatra traffic.
Risingkashmir.com quoted him as saying: “We welcome Yatra and Yatri’s from the depths of our hearts but at the same time we urge the government to ensure that the measures should not affect the fragile economic position.”