With the closure of Jammu-Srinagar highway, the life-line for Kashmir, people of ill-fated valley are today cursing all the previous regimes for failing to find out and open alternate routes to ensure enough supply of essentials in winter.
The government tacitly admits that Mughal road should have been thrown open for traffic for being an all-weather route while as direct train services from Jammu to Srinagar should have been an old affair but due to "technical glitches" Kashmir continues to suffer.
Since January this year, the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for the both way traffic for 28 times due to landslides and shooting stones at various vulnerable points like Panthal, Ramban and Ramsoo.
Divisional commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan admits that people are facing hardships due to frequent closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway. "But one can’t stop landslides and shooting stones.
I believe Mughal road should have been fully functional long back, vulnerable areas where prone to shooting stones and landslides should have been dealt with by the concern departments and that the train services from Jammu to Srinagar should have been through," he said. "Had these three things been done, there would have been no shortage or essentials in this hour of crisis."