Srinagar : Traffic Police on Saturday contested a news report published in Dainik Bhaskar on Oct !, 2022 about the movement of apple trucks from Kashmir valley to other parts of the country.
In a statement issued from Police Media Centre PHQ,Police said that it may be noted that as per the data collected by J&K Highway at the Quazigund toll plaza, between 01-09-2022 and 30-09-2022, 51,306 trucks including 33,105 apple carrying trucks moved from Quazigund to other parts of the country via NH 44, Stating therein further that details of daily truck movement for the month of Sept 2022 from Kashmir Valley via NH 44 is given below.
The police also clarified the fact that given to the entire backlog of trucks at Quazigund were cleared on 26-09-2022, it is obvious that the daily flow of apple trucks from out of the Kashmir valley to other parts of the country is only 1100 apple trucks per day, and not the higher figures of 2000 or 2500 apple trucks per day as is being claimed by vested interests. Similarly, the daily flow of truck in the Kashmir Valley towards Jammu and other parts of the country is only about 1600 trucks per day.
In a concluding para of the above referred statement, police said “the Down HMV traffic moves on alternate days, thus the maximum stranded trucks at Quazigund is only 1600 trucks unless the Down movement is hampered by partial or complete closure of the NH 44 due to shooting stones, landslides or repair work”.
Stating that details of travel hours lost over the last week to Shooting stones, other blockages and repair work by NHAI is given below, Police in it’s statement further said that NHAI had asked for No traffic window of 4 hours per day for 5 days starting 24th Sept 2022, for repair works which was allowed by the Government.