Unpredictable highway hits Kashmir’s economy

Unpredictable highway hits Kashmir’s economy

Kashmir is facing acute shortage of basic amenities in the holy month of Ramadan. The frequent closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has triggered acute shortage of essential commodities in the Valley.
Administration has been claiming that “All is Well” and there is nothing to worry but ground situation clearly indicates that claims of the administration are just confined to papers only.
The frequent disruption in the vehicular movement on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has crippled the economy in the Valley. Businessmen are scratching their heads as they are not receiving their consignments on time. The traders dealing with the perishable items have been the worst hit as fresh supplies are not reaching the Valley on time. Vegetables and fruits are turning into rot before reaching the markets. On the other hand mutton dealers are suffering. Many sheep have died on way to Kashmir during the past few weeks.
The economy in Kashmir stands crippled due to the haphazard widening of the NH-44, the lifeline of the Valley.
The Mughal Road which was thrown open for the vehicular movement recently too has not been able to cater to the rush. This alternative road connects south Kashmir’s Shopian district with Poonch but it to passes through a hilly terrain and landslides do keep on hitting this road frequently.
People in Kashmir are exasperated and are running short of the ideas. Weatherman has predicted more rainfall in coming days and there is every possibility about NH-44 getting blocked again. One wonders when the development would reach Kashmir. It’s unfortunate that successive regimes in Jammu and Kashmir have failed to provide the people of Kashmir with an all weather road during the past 72-years. The Kashmiri leaders need to ask themselves why they failed on all the fronts?