Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir fruit mandis shut for second straight day

Protest at Srinagar's fruit mandi against administration for not allowing fruit-laden trucks to move outside Valley. [FPK Photo/ Mukhtar Zahoor]

Srinagar: As a mark of protest to press for smooth passage to fruit laden trucks on Srinagar-Jammu highway, fruit mandis across Kashmir remained shut for the second consecutive day.

Several Fruit Growers and Buyers told the news agency Kashmir News Observer, that they continue to face losses due to unnecessarily blocking of the highway at Qazigund.

“Despite government directions, authorities have failed to ensure the hassle free movement of apple laden trucks on the highway” they alleged.

Fruit laden trucks are being halted at Qazigund for around a week after that they get turn to move towards Jammu despite clear directives to ensure the hassle free movement of fruit laden trucks, Mudasir Ahmed, a fruit buyer said.

He said it seems that the authorities are in no mood to put an end to the miseries being faced by the fruit industry, he said.

“It was earlier taking seven days to reach fruit trucks from Sopore fruit mandi to Bangladesh but now it’s taking at least 12-15 days and same is happening with others and upon reaching the destiny the items we supply get spoiled and are of no use, said Fazzul Rehman, a foreigner who is dealing with fruit trade at Fruit Mandi Sopore for decades, adding that, they are now on a verge to wind up the business as they are facing huge losses.

President Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union (KVFGCDU) Bashir Ahmad told KNO that they were hopeful that the administration will take their issue seriously.

He said they expect the administration to implement the directions for smooth passage to trucks.

“We want our produce to reach its destination outside the Valley in time,” he said.

Bashir said that Mughal road, which the administration has kept as an alternative for the trucks, is not feasible as the condition of the road is not good.

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