Fruit Growers Stage Protest Against Frequent Closure of Highway

Srinagar: Valley based fruit growers and dealers on Monday staged a protest against halting of fruit laden trucks on Srinagar Jammu highway, which they said is causing them huge losses in the peak season.

Fruit growers and dealers, accompanied by local and non local truck drivers staged a protest in Fruit Mandi Parimpora, to register their anger against the halting of fruit trucks for days at Srinagar Jammu highway.

Assembled under the banner of Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers cum Dealers Union, the agitated protestors were raising slogans against the authorities for stopping fruit laden trucks for days at Srinagar Jammu Highway.

They said that during peak season of the festival time, our trucks are being stopped for days at the highway, which results in the rotting of fruits and a great loss to traders.

“It is Diwali and Chat Pooja time and our customers outside the valley are eagerly waiting for the fruit to arrive in markets, but authorities are stopping our consignments on the highway without a valid reason,” they said.

One of the protestors said, “The fruit is rotting in the trucks and if the trucks are not allowed to move without impediments, we will suffer a huge loss.”

“Traffic authorities are unnecessarily holding our produce, for days, without having any concern about the losses they subject us to suffer by doing so,” he added.

Some non-local truck drivers, who were part of the protest, alleged that traffic authorities are demanding bribes for allowing them to proceed towards the Valley at Udhampur.

“Any truck carrying vegetables, or chicken from Amritsar or any other place is not allowed to move forward, until he pays a bribe,” he said.

The protestors demanded that authorities should look into the matter forthwith, and ensure the smooth movement of fruit trucks from Valley to outside states, so that they do not suffer huge losses.

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