his winter which has gone in record books as one of the harshest winter of last three decades has brought immeasurable misery on the people of the valley of Kashmir.
The highway is closed due to landslides day in and day out. The snowfall was recurring as we oscillated between different rough weathers. The pictures of helpless Kashmiri passengers waiting for traffic restoration is still fresh in our minds-at some shops, shopkeepers would charge them a hefty sum to charge their mobile phones or charge an equally high price for a loaf of bread and soup.
While we are grappling with the closure of highway and strangely the prices of essential commodities did not rise up and hoarding was kept under check this year.
We cannot afford to lose sight of the fact that for what purpose are those hundreds of meetings conducted whose primary aim is to restore old fashioned highway. Why are we missing the elephant in the room? Why is everything on a sort of auto-pilot mode in Kashmir? Why no one intervenes when they should? And most importantly, why is the tax-paying public made to suffer due to the slumber of the official machinery?
Now, that there is no fuel shortage shall we assume that till the next winter things would get better or shall we have to endure more years of suffering due to this highway. How long would we be dependent on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway? How long would it take for the government to provide an alternate terrestrial link for us?