Srinagar, April 4: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(KCCI) on Thursday demanded the revocation of Union government’s order to ban
the movement of civilian traffic on National Highway (NH) from Udhampur to
Baramulla for two days in a week
Addressing media persons at chamber office, president KCCI
Sheikh Ashiq said that the order has been issued without taking its impact into
“The order indicates lack of awareness of local problems. At a
time when we are raising the issue of lack of alternative routes and means of
travel to Kashmir, the closure of the only available road link would put the
whole population to tremendous inconveniences. Its continuation would be
disastrous for State’s economy also,” he said.
“Kashmir Valley has limited access. We do not have rail link or
any means of water transport. Even the air travel is out of bounds due to the
wrong policies adapted by the civil aviation ministry. With huge fares and
heavy movement of security personnel from the civilian airport, not many can
avail this option,” he added
Ashiq said that travelling on NHW has already become a
nightmare, as only necessary and unavoidable traffic movement is being
“Banning vehicular traffic on given days would further escalate
chaos and confusion. It will also impede the movement of vehicles carrying
goods including essentials like sheep, poultry, etc. Besides, it will result in
increase in transportation and air fares also,” he said.
Referring to the past elections, he said that people have been
facing paranoia and panic ahead of parliamentary elections.
“It is unprecedented. The state needs to deal with the situation
without encroaching on the rights of the public,” he said.
Referring to the ailing tourism sector, Sheikh said that the
order will also affect the flow of tourists to the state.