Achabal (Sopur), Oct 9: The fruit growers of this apple town in north Kashmir have demanded expansion of road leading to Asia's second largest fresh fruit market on the outskirts of this town.
The growers complained that the traffic jams had become very common on this road, "which has become headache for us. Every day we are trapped in jam for two to three hours. The road should be expanded into 4 lane road."
"We approached government and horticulture department to address the issue, but our repeated pleas have fallen on deaf ears," said Muhammad Mukthar, a grower.
The frequent jams on Achabal-Sopur road have become irksome for the government employees also. "I was held up in the jam for more than two hours the other day due to which I couldn't reach the collage" said Dr Ajaz Ahmad Mir, assistant professor at Islamia collage srinagar.
The fruit growers said given the spurt in the business activities in the mandi at present, the need for the road expansion had become doubly essential. "More than 1500 fruit laden trucks visit mandi daily, apart from that, local private vehicles also ply on the road. As such the expansion of the road is required immediately" said Fayaz Ahmmad, a fruit business merchant.
The Fruit Mandi at Sopur has turned a major business hub which is being visited by traders from across the country. The undeveloped and narrow roads leading to the mandi create a wrong impression about it.