Truck service between Jammu and Srinagar resumed

August 18th, 2008 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI  

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Jammu, Aug 18 (ANI): With normalcy slowly returning to Jammu, the truck service between Jammu and Kashmir has been resumed.
The Jammu-Srinagar Highway, which was reportedly blocked by the protesters, has been re-opened and truck movement has started under the watchful eyes of the army.
The traders, however, negated the reports of an economic blockade in Srinagar.
“There is no blockade of any kind in Jammu. Why would we block the supply of goods, when we get lots of money from Kashmir? There is no blockade of any kind,” said Sham Langar, Secretary, Whole Sale Traders” Union, Jammu.
Trucks carrying fruit, merchandised medicine, petroleum products, LPG cylinders and other essential commodities are being transported from both sides.
The truck drivers said the situation was returning to normal.
“The situation is normal now. Everybody has to take care. But, we haven”t faced any hostility or violence so far,” said Eijaz Hussain, a truck driver.
The State Government has been taking many steps to instill confidence among the truck drivers and the residents in an attempt to restore normalcy. Efforts are being made to bring back peace to the region.
Supplies to and from the state, especially the Kashmir valley were affected due to the protests and violence in Jammu after the State Government revoked its order to transfer forestland to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. (ANI)

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