KCCI meets Div Com, discusses problems due to Sgr-Jmu highway closure

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Srinagar, Feb 25: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president Nasir Hamid Khan, on Monday, met the Divisional Commissioner Basheer Ahmad Khan at his office chambers.
The spokesman said that problems being faced by the general public and the business community due to the frequent closure of the highway and the subsequent shortage of essentials were discussed during the meeting.
Quoting Div Com, the spokesman said that the administration was closely monitoring the situation and there was no cause for panic on account of shortage of fuels and LPG. He said that a large number of vehicles carrying Petroleum products and LPG Cylinders were stranded due to landslides near Battery Cheshma/Patnitop resulting in a shortage of the fuel.
“The patch had now been cleared on war-footing and around 500 to 600 trucks carrying these essentials and food grains were on way to Kashmir,” Div Com was quoted by a spokesman as saying.
He assured that petrol pumps would be replenished soon but rationing would continue as a precautionary measure till the stocks were fully replenished. He advised the general public not to go for panic stocking of essentials as the supply would be restored to normal soon.
The spokesman added that Hamid Khan invited the attention of the Divisional Commissioner towards the problems being caused to the fruit industry in the movement of fruit-laden trucks towards Jammu and other stations. He said that although the traffic schedule was from Srinagar to Jammu, fruit-laden trucks had been stopped at Qazigund.
Quoting Basheer Ahmad Khan, the spokesman said that trucks had been stopped to facilitate the movement of the essentials to Srinagar and issued on spot instructions to all concerned Deputy Commissioners to ensure that all fruit laden vehicles were cleared at the earliest and also regularly monitor and facilitate the movement of fruit to their destinations.