May 2019 News

Make Other Routes Connecting Kashmir With Rest Of Country Fully Functional: Sagar

11 May 2019
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: National Conference (NC) general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar on Saturday alleged that the incumbent Governor's administration and the Government of India (GoI) have miserably failed to upkeep the sole highway connecting Kashmir with rest of the country. In a statement here, Sagar said, 'The need of hour is to make other routes connecting Kashmir with rest of country fully functional.' 'It is an embarrassment that even after 73 years of independence no headway has been made to connect the valley of Kashmir with the rest of country through an all weather roads,' he said. He said, 'Even a drizzle of rain detaches the Valley with the rest of the country. The GoI and the incumbent administration with all their men and machinery have miserably failed to upkeep the important stretch of road connecting Jammu to Srinagar. It seems that the government has given up before the vagaries of weather. At a time when world has embarked on the mission of easier intercontinental connectivity, our people in this part of the world still hanker after basic edibles during intermittent highway blockages,' he said. 'It was after fifty hours of blockage that the sole highway connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country was thrown open for traffic on Friday night following landslides in district Ramban. The blockage has resulted in the ruin of various perishable items, and other edibles including livestock. The traders continue to be at the receiving end of all this. Not just that such intermittent round the year blockages create shortage of essential items in the Valley,' Sagar said. The NC senior leader said, 'There has been no headway on other road projects connecting Jammu to Srinagar. The need of the hour is to upgrade Mughal road so that it can act as parallel link to Kashmir, but to our dismay nothing has been done in this direction also. The incumbent governor administration and the former BJP-PDP government miserably failed to develop Mughal road as an all-weather route. The idea of having a tunnel on Mughal road was also brushed under carpet.' 'Due to frequent suspension of traffic on Jammu -Srinagar highway the vehicles had taken the route of Mughal road to reach Kashmir but there also the government has failed to ensure a steady movement of traffic. Government has established only one checking point on Mughal road, which obviously is not enough to deal with the scope of work. There also one sees a beeline of trucks and other light vehicles waiting for their turn to cross the check point,' Sagar said. 'I take this opportunity and urge both the GOI and the incumbent state administration to ensure steady vehicular movement on the sole highway connecting Srinagar to Jammu. It is expected of the government to upkeep the highways, and initiate time bound work on other routes connecting Kashmir to other parts of the country. Meantime I urge the incumbent administration to established sufficient checking points on Mughal road in order to avoid stranding of vehicles,' Sagar said.