Srinagar, Jun 2 : Demanding reopening of historic 86-km-long Mughal road without further delay, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) said cherry fruit worth thousands of crores of rupees will perish due to continued closure of the road, which is seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway. Reopen Mughal Road, which connects Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu, for transportation of Cherry to other parts of country JKAP senior leader Zaffar Iqbal Manhas said in a statement on Tuesday. Manhas said the Cherry fruit worth thousands of crores of rupees will perish if the Mughal Road is not opened immediately.
“The spread of COVID pandemic should not be made an excuse to conceal lack of will to work on the ground,” he said and added that the lockdown across the country has been eased up and almost all other State governments have already allowed inter and intra state transportation of fruit and other agricultural produce amid the prevailing circumstances. Stressing for allowing the movement of fruit trucks from Kashmir to other parts of the country through Mughal Road, the JKAP leader said a hassle-free movement of fruit laden trucks via this historic road will safeguard economic interests of the fruit industry in J&K.
“Fruit growers who had stored their apple crops in cold storages last year and cherry growers are craving for reopening of the road to ferry their produce to Jammu and other parts of the country. Since the dilapidated Srinagar-Jammu National Highway is through only for vehicles carrying essentials, the government should immediately re-open the Mughal Road for transportation of fruit especially Cherry produce as an alternative to the National Highway,” he demanded. (UNI)