Landlocked Valley

Landlocked Valley
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Nearly 500 Kashmiri students missing GATE examination due to the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway is an unfortunate development.
These students left no stone unturned to reach out to the authorities and made them aware about their inability to reach Jammu as the only link road, connecting Kashmir with rest of the world, had got blocked due to the inclement weather conditions. The political parties cut across the party lines and demanded that these students should be airlifted so that they can appear in this all important combined entrance examination for various engineering colleges. Unfortunately the Governor’s administration couldn’t do much to make these students reach Jammu. Ministry of Human Resources and Development despite repeated requests did not set up a centre in Kashmir.
The closure of the highway has wasted one precious year of the students who missed this all important exam for no fault of theirs. It’s a known fact that all the 500 students would not have got selected but appearing for the entrance test would have helped them to get exposure.
These students missing the exam due to closure of the highway, which was all set to become four-lane and the “express highway” has once again brought to fore that Kashmir is a landlocked place and Centre needs to give a serious thought to open the alternate routes which can connect Kashmir with the rest of the world. For the past 70-years people of Kashmir are being told that journey up to Jammu would only take few hours but the fact is that with each passing day Jammu is becoming g inaccessible as the road leading to the winter capital has turned out to be one of the most undependable highways in the country.