SRINAGAR: Commuters on Srinagar-Jammu highway had a harrowing time on Wednesday after thousands of vehicles got stranded as authorities did not allow vehicle to move towards their respective destinations in the wake of the Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhis visit to Banihal.
Concertina wires were put in place at different places on the highway to restrict the movement of the vehicles. Hundreds of people including men, women and children were seen marching on foot while tourists faced lot of inconvenience as they were forced to wait in scorching heat.
Reports said that the movement of people was completely restricted from Qazigund to Banihal. Choppers were pressed into the service to monitor the situation while people were asked to stay indoors. Even shopkeepers were verbally informed not to open their shops on account of PMs visit to Banihal.
Eyewitnesses said that long queue of stranded vehicles were seen on the highway. Amid chaos and confusion, police and para military personnel were seen patrolling and not allowing anyone to proceed. Reports said that police stopped all the vehicles near Wonpuh and after half an hour the highway was seen flooded with the stranded vehicles. It is totally unbearable. In this hot weather the authorities are taking us for a ride, one of the drivers complained.
Vehicular movement remained disrupted for several hours and it resumed only after the function at Banihal was over. (CNS)
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