Srinagar-Jammu highway closure:Stocks fast drying up in Kashmir
File photo: KM/Umar Ganie
Srinagar, Jan 6:
Stocks of essentials are fast depleting in Kashmir even as few petrol pumps
have already run dry following the closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
Kashmir has been
experiencing snowfall since Sunday night, which led to the blockade of the
highway, just two days after it was let open for traffic after remaining off
the limits for three straight days.
On Saturday, thousands
of stranded vehicles were allowed to move ahead after remaining stuck for days.
The blockade of
highway has led to the depleting of stocks including cooking gas and other
petroleum products. In Srinagar, many fuel stations had displayed placards reading
“no petrol”. Many customers were seen
fuming after pump stations pleaded helplessness.
Secretary Kashmir Valley Tankers and Petroleum Dealers Association however said
there is no shortage of fuel as they have enough stocks to cater to the masses.
“It is true that
many of our tankers are stuck on highway. But right now stocks are available. I
don’t know about these particular fuel stations,” he said.
Parimpora Fruit Mandi, Bashir Ahmad Basheer said stocks of vegetables and
fruits are fast drying up due to highway closure.
“Right now we
have some stocks. But if we don’t receive fresh supplies by tomorrow, we may
run out of stock. The blockade of
national highway during winters is causing huge inconvenience to the people,”
An official at
Traffic Control Room said clearance of snow was underway on the highway. “Heavy
snow has accumulated at Jawahar tunnel. The condition of road had turned
slippery. As a precautionary measure traffic along the route has been suspended,”
Police Traffic (Rural) Muzzafar Shah said shooting stones at Digdol were
reported throughout the day. “The road was today blocked as snowfall occurred
at Banihal and other areas on the route.
Shooting stones were also reported at Digdol,” he said.
Department Kashmir said Pahalgam recorded 11.5 cm of snow while Gulmarg
received 3.5 cm snow on Monday. Kokernag, Qazigund and Banihal recorded 0.6 cm,
5cm and 7cm of snow respectively. Kupwara recorded 4 cm of snowfall while
Batote received 4 cm snow. Jammu recorded 3 mm of rain on Monday