6,000 apple laden trucks stuck on Banihal highway, claim fruit growers

Srinagar, October 09, 2022 (PPI-OT):In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, stopping of fruit laden trucks on Srinagar-Jammu highway persists with about 6000 trucks waiting, some since October 2, to reach Jammu. President of Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union (KVFGCDU) Bashir Ahmad in a media interview said that for a few days apple laden trucks were allowed to move towards Jammu.

He said since October 02 the situation has again reached to square one with 6,000 trucks waiting for their turn to move towards Jammu. He said that among the apple laden trucks, which are waiting for their turn, there are a few hundred trucks which have been waiting for their turn since October 2.

He said that on every alternate day around 3000 trucks are getting loaded here in Kashmir but just a few hundred are allowed to move towards Jammu and others get time after three, five or even seven days to move towards Jammu. He said the claims of the authorities are confined to press notes only and the situation is worse on the ground.

“I have never witnessed such things in the last four years,” he said, adding, “Even Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s assurances have proved a hoax on the ground.” He said the market is also getting down each passing day as fruits are reaching markets late. Notably, around 70 percent of the population in Kashmir is directly or indirectly dependent on the apple industry.

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