SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers cum Dealers Union which is an Elected Apex Body of all Fruit Growers Associations of the Valley have expressed their extreme anxiety on stoppage of fresh fruit loaded trucks for days together on Srinagar-Jammu Highway with the result the entire consignment of Fresh Fruits gets fully damaged due to scorching sun heat.
In a statement issued here, it said that since the harvesting of plum,peach, pear,and early varieties of apples is in its full swing and these varieties are categorised as highly perishable thus needs immediate and quick transportation to various destinations outside J&K.
The association added that in fact the Valley Based Fruit Growers/ Dealers have already suffered heavy losses during continued last several years due to Natural Calamity and continued blockage of Highway, this Union have, therefore, repeatedly taken up the matter with all Concerned Higher Authorities well in advance for allowing uninterrupted movement of Fruit laden Trucks on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway for safe arrival of Fresh Fruits to various destinations outside J&K (UT). It is unfortunate that despite of assurances from all concerned authorities it does not prove any fruitful results on ground excepting hallow assurances with the result fresh fruits of hundreds of trucks got completely damaged causing heavy losses to Valley Based Fruit Growers/Dealers.
It called upon the LG Manoj Sinha and all other concerned for immediate steps and make necessary arrangements for transportation of on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
It also called for guidelines issued to Traffic Personal for allowing transportation of fruit loaded trucks on priority on daily basis for its safe arrival to various destinations outside J&K.