An advisor to J&K Lieutenant Governor directed the valley to stock up LPG Cylinders enough for 2 months. As per an official, the advisor Farooq Khan held a meeting and said to stock sufficient cylinders as “supply gets affected due to closure of [the] National Highway on account of landslips.”
The stocking up of fuel usually takes place in winters due to the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highways. But, this is the first time when the government has announced the fuel stocking in summers.
In another order, the administrations have been requested to make available 6 educational institutes in the district, including schools and ITI buildings, for security forces.
The order for stocking up of fuel is said to be done because of landslides, however, it is creating a panic in the valley due to an additional on-going clash in the Galwan valley.
However, the relation of clash with the orders has been denied by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumers. It said that the stock-up order was to prevent any shortfall during the ensuing monsoon (which may lead to the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway). However, many have raised questions over this logic.
“Everyone knows that the highway is closed in the winters. It is unheard of that the highway will be closed for an extended period of time during summer. Both the order and the clarification have added to the confusion,” said a member of Kashmir Chambers of Industries and Commerce, which is an amalgam of Valley-based trade and business bodies, as reported by The Wire.
Several orders already passed asking tourists and pilgrims to leave Kashmir, and now order to stock-up of fuel has created a panic.
People are reminded of last August, removal of Article 370. That time too, the J&K Government has requested people to not to believe in such rumours. Constant reminders to leave Kashmir was given to the tourists and pilgrims at that time as well.
Aatif Hassan, a resident of uptown Chanpora locality of Srinagar, said the orders have led to “a fresh wave of panic,” as reported by The Wire.