With J&K National Highway being closed for the 3rd-day crisis have arisen in Kashmir as prices of essential items have soared. Recently J&K Government said that the valley is having 15-20 days of stock including petrol, diesel, LPG, and other essentials. The government also said that the situation is under control and the people need not worry. So to verify the reality yesterday our team met with people working in mandis, markets, and common people.
The people at mandis said that we were having 1-2% of the stock which we have already transported to the markets and now we are empty. The people at the market said that the rates which were earlier less in mandis have gone up and to earn we are compelled to sell the items at higher rates. The common people said that the administration has failed as the markets are short on most of the essential items.
About 80-90% of essentials get stuck if the National Highway closes for one day and now it’s been 3 days. Most of the stranded truck drivers carrying fruits and vegetables have thrown their goods as they have got rotten. On the other hand, those trucks carrying goods and leaving for Kashmir from Jammu have been stopped. As per our observation, only 2-3% of the stock is available in the valley.
While talking to people most people complained that whenever the National Highway gets closed its effect is seen directly in markets. The rate of most of the items goes up. The J&K government should not ignore the matter and should look into it.
To review the situation, LG Manoj Sinha yesterday reached Kashmir. Along with him Chief Secretary, Deputy Commissioner, and Principal Secretaries of Jammu were present with him.