Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) on Friday expressed concern over the frequent closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway which has resulted in skyrocketing in prices of essential commodities besides creating impediments in safe return of stranded people.
In a statement, the party’s spokesman Javid Baig said it was unfortunate that the only road connectivity between Kashmir and rest of the country remains cut off for people for most of the time every year. “It seems this all weather road connectivity between Srinagar and Jammu is of the least priority for the government of India,” Baig said.
He said landslides and shooting stones has now become a permanent feature of the highway, resulting into immense sufferings to people. “The intermittent closure of this highway has led to the crisis like situation in Kashmir region amid COVID pandemic. Not only is there a shortage of essentials but the prices too have gone up,” he said.
The JKAP spokesman said not only the skyrocketing prices of goods but the closure of the highway has created a lot of problems for people who were stranded because of COVID19, in both provinces and want to travel to their respective destinations as soon as possible.
“For the last over seven decades now we are being informed that Srinagar-Jammu national highway is top most priority for the authorities in Delhi. But the ground reality is contrary to this assertion,” he said.