Highway closure cuts off supplies of essentials to Kashmir Valley

With floods rendering the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway inoperational for 12 consecutive days Monday, Kashmir Valley residents are facing an acute shortage of essential commodities even as people in some areas of north and south Kashmir accused the administration of concentrating only on Srinagar city.

PTI| Updated: Sep 15, 2014, 15:59 PM IST

Srinagar: With floods rendering the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway inoperational for 12 consecutive days Monday, Kashmir Valley residents are facing an acute shortage of essential commodities even as people in some areas of north and south Kashmir accused the administration of concentrating only on Srinagar city.

The 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is considered the lifeline of Kashmir and is used to bring in essential commodities to the Valley but the closure has cut off transportation of goods.

At a time when the Centre and the state government are trying their best to provide relief to the flood-hit residents of the city, people living in other districts of the state allege that they have been totally neglected.

"There are no fresh vegetables available in the market, the government rations depots are out of ration and now our cooking gas cylinders too are running empty," Parvez Ahmed, a resident of North Kashmir's Sopore town, told PTI on phone.

Ahmed said though the level of water in Jhelum breached the danger mark, it did not cause much damage to their area as compared to Srinagar.

However, residents of the apple-rich town were running out of ration and other essential commodities.