Irfan YattooSrinagar, Feb 11:
Demanding restoration of Karna-Kupwara Highway, scores of stranded passengers Monday staged the protest at Press Enclave against the authorities for not clearing the highway from the past 8 days.
They said they are stranded from past 8 days in different parts of the valley and are not able to go home as the highway is still blocked by the snow.
Abdul Hamid, a Sarpanch from Dildar village of Karna told The Rising Kashmir that government has failed to address the issues of the people.
“We have remained cut off from rest of the valley and are not able to come out of our homes. No snow clearance has been done so far by the administration,” he said.
“There are around 300-350 passengers stranded in Srinagar city alone and authorities have failed to to solve the issue,” Hamid said adding that patients, children are the worst suffers due to the highway closure.
Another protestor, Ghulam Nabi Khatana said he had availed tickets for chopper service but to no avail.
“In Karna villages, there are dozens of patients stranded in their houses which need to be immediately airlifted to Srinagar based hospitals, but the administration is playing hide and seek with us,” Khatana said.
The protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik and concerned authorities to look into the issue and make some immediate arrangements for stranded passangers.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Khalid Jahangir was not available for his comments on the issue.