Highway closure: It is inhumane, will make life impossible for Kashmiris: KEA

Srinagar: Stating that the ban on civilian movement on highway across Kashmir on Wednesdays and Sundays was inhumane, the Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairman Muhammad Yaseen Khan said life would be impossible on the two days and affect each and every individual.

Khan, who also heads the ( KTMF) Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation said given the fact that Kashmir doesn’t have any alternative routes other than the highway which is the lifeline from Banihal to Kupwara, a ban on civilian movement on this only route would bring normal life to grinding halt.

“How will the patients reach hospitals? How will students reach their respective educational institutions? How will the office goers reach their offices? And how will business go on?” he said adding that the ban has been imposed without proper groundwork.

Khan said such a ban on the start of tourist season can only again doom the prospects of any revival of tourism season this year. “Will we ask our tourists to be confined indoors on the ban days,” Khan asked.

He said among other trades, the horticulture would be worst hit. “Horticulture is the backbone of our economy, ban on highway will only leave this business sector rotting,” he said.

He said the people have a fundamental right to road access and it cannot be curbed in the garb of security reasons.

“Why doesn’t the government explore possibility of dedicated rail service for troops from Banihal to Kupwara,” he said appealing Governor SP Malik to personally look into the matter.

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