The closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway for another ten days is certainly not good news for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. There is already acute shortage of essential items like fresh vegetables, fruits, mutton and chicken etc in Kashmir valley.
The authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have closed Srinagar-Jammu highway possibly for next ten days due to the sudden collapse of the retaining wall of a bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban. Hundreds of goods and other vehicles are stranded on the road.
A senior NHAI official told the media recently that the road collapsed on its own and continuous rains might be one of the reasons. He also said that it is an approach road joining the bridge which has collapsed and the government has given directions to the BRO to construct an alternative bridge to resume traffic on the road.
Both Srinagar-Jammu highway and alternate highway of Mughal road are already closed and it is the duty of authorities to clear the highway so that the essential items reach Kashmir valley and people are able to purchase them at controlled prices.
There are multiple problems being faced by the common people including price rise in the markets due to the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway. There are complaints of hoarding and creation of artificial scarcity of essential items by wholesalers.