Finally, highway ban goes

Finally, highway ban goes

Finally, Jammu and Kashmir Government has lifted the restrictions on the movement of civilian vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. The vehicles can now ply on the highway on all days from 27 May onwards.
The state government had imposed the restrictions on the movement of the civilian vehicles on 7 April this year to facilitate the smooth movement of the security forces convoy.
The 2-day ban in a week was initially implemented from Udhampur to Baramulla. The ban was lifted in a phased manner and now the government has decided to lift it in toto. People faced lot of difficulties due to the highway ban and the highway getting blocked due to the inclement weather conditions. Kashmir has been facing immense shortage of the essential commodities since January this year as the winter was severe and it led to the closure of the National Highway for days together. Soon after the weather improved, the government imposed 2-day ban on the movement of civilian vehicles on the highway. This ban aggravated the situation as it led to the goods laden trucks getting stuck on the highway for days together. Businessmen dealing with the perishable items were the worst hit. Vegetables, fruits and sheep perished before reaching the Valley.
The government lifting the highway ban is good news for the businessmen and the transporters, who took a massive hit during the past two months. One hopes that lifting of restrictions would lead to the stocks reaching the Valley and would help in bringing down the prices of the essential commodities, which have sky rocketed during the past few months. The government had justified the restrictions stating that these were important to ensure the smooth movement of the security forces during the election period.