The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for traffic following a massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in Ramban district. Thousands of truckers have been left stranded as the highway remained blocked for the sixth day.
Vehicles, including those carrying essential items, have been stranded on the highway.
Alleging Mismanagement by the administration in Jammu and Kashmir, the drivers alleged that the concerned authorities in Kashmir have not visited them even once during the past six days.
As the number of Jammu-bound vehicles increased on the highway, the trucks are entering into the villages around the highway in Qazigund, Mir Bazar and other areas that fall along the highway. The drivers are entering the villages in search of essential food items, drinking water, and toilet facilities.
India Today TV spoke to a few drivers who alleged mismanagement from the local administration and traffic officials. One of them said, “It is getting tough to survive with no facility whatsoever, not even drinking water was availed for the drivers stuck for the past six days. In this scorching heat, it is getting tough to live without water.”
Another driver said, “Only the locals have helped us with water and food, the admin seems to be defunct in Kashmir. Nobody from the officials has come to us to ask whether we have food to survive or not. People [villagers] opened the doors of the washrooms, toilets for us. The admin has not even made lavatories available for us.”