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JKAP concerned over frequent closure of Sgr-Jammu National Highway

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SRINAGAR, September 4: Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) spokesman Javid Baig on Friday expressed deep concern over the frequent closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway which has caused skyrocketing in prices of essential commodities besides creating impediments in safe return of stranded people.

In a statement issued here, Baig said it is highly unfortunate that the only road connectivity between Kashmir Valley and rest of the country remains cut off for the people most of the time every year. “It seems this road connectivity between Srinagar and Jammu is of the least priority for the Government of India,” Baig remarked.

He said that the recurrent interruption on this road due to landslides and shooting stones has now become a permanent feature of this so called National Highway resulting into immense sufferings to the people especially that of Kashmir Valley.

“The intermittent closure of this highway has led to the crisis like situation in Kashmir region amid the COVID Pandemic. Not only is there a shortage of essentials but the prices have gone up making shopping unaffordable for a common man,” he observed.

The JKAP spokesman said that not only the skyrocketing prices of goods but the closure of the National Highway has created a lot of problems for the people who are stranded because of COVID-19 in both provinces and want to travel to their respective homes as soon as possible.

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