The Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union on Monday said that the association is extremely worried on banning for Civil traffic on Srinagar-Jammu Highway (Qazigund to Nashri stretch) for five hours in a day in view of Amarnath Yatra.
The union is an umbrella body of all Fruit Growers and Dealers Associations of the Valley viz, Fruit Associations Srinagar, Sopore, Baramulla, Kupwara, Handwara, khoi, Kupwara, Kulgam, Handwara, Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag, Jablipora, Chare-e-sharief, Budgam and Ganderbal
The spokesman said that Valley Based Fruit Growers cum Dealers and general public of the valley as well are always desirous to make annual Amarnath Yatra success and even welcome the Yatri’s but at the same time the banning for civil traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway for five Hours in a day daily will cause extreme hardships for transportation of fresh fruits particularly Cherry and plum which are treated one of the most perishable items and in case if these perishable items will not reach its destinations well in time the Fruit Growers/ Dealers will have to face heavy losses.
It is unfortunate that the natural disaster with frequent hailstorm, stormy winds and strong rains since last three months now have destroyed the fresh fruit crop in all Fruit orchards of the valley even uprooted the fruit plants now at the time of harvesting the crop whatever is saved particularly cherry and plum is on risk in view of banning on civil traffic for five hours daily on Srinagar-Jammu National highway. Similarly, Apple crop stored in CA/Cold Stores in the Valley are also essentially required to be transported to its destinations within country failing which the Valley Based Fruit Growers/ Dealers will have to face additional losses. In case if the banning on civil traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway for five hours in a day is not revocated immediately it will be presumed that there is a conspiracy on the hands of Governor’s administration to weaken the economic situation of the Valley, the spokesman added.
The Management of Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union, Srinagar under the leadership of Bashir Ahmad Basheer would request the Governor’s administration kindly to consider revocation the orders banning civil traffic for five hours in a day on Srinagar –Jammu National highway and allow the plying of fresh fruit loaded trucks even against Amarnath Yatra so that Fruit Growers/ Dealer of the Valley will feel a sigh of relief.