After a gap of about six months, district administration Bandipora Sunday dispatched a cavalcade of 24 trucks carrying essential commodities to Gurez valley. The road remained closed for several months owing to heavy snowfall in the valley.
Though the road was thrown open last week, the entry and exit from the Gurez valley has been banned as a precautionary measure to prevent the Gurez valley from getting infected by the coronavirus.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza said the trucks carrying essential commodities were fumigated properly before leaving and a team of doctors also conducted medical checkups of the drivers to ensure that no suspect enters the valley. He said only healthy drivers who were okayed by the doctors were allowed to move towards the Gurez Valley.
The vehicles carried essential commodities including five vehicles carrying fresh vegetables, 4 diesel tankers, one tanker carrying petrol, two vehicles with LPG refills, poultry and other essential commodities.
DC Bandipora said that the administration is trying its level best to ensure that people in Gurez valley do not face hardships owing to ban on movement of traffic on the Gurez-Bandipora road.
He said the first dispatch of cavalcade will help in easing the problems of the people. He said there is sufficient stock of ration available in Gurez and more shall be stocked in future so that people do not face any problem.