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DDK Srinagar loses credibility by dishing out wrong information
Claims Srinagar-Leh has been reopened although same continues to be closed
3/2/2021 11:34:42 PM
Jehangir Rashid

Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Mar 2: Not long ago Doordarshan was considered to be a trustworthy source of news in Jammu & Kashmir, but things have changed of late. The Regional News Unit (RNU) of DDK Srinagar has lost its credibility and the same got reflected on Sunday yet again.
In its prime time bulletin on Sunday (February 28) DDK Srinagar carried out a news item that the Srinagar-Leh highway has been thrown open for vehicular traffic after a gap of two years. The news reader of Kashmiri bulletin stuttered and fumbled more than once while reading the news item.
The news reader first said that the highway was thrown open after two months and then said the same was reopened after two days. The news reader later on corrected himself and said the highway has been reopened after two months. However, no such confusion was seen with the Urdu news reader.
The RNU of DDK Srinagar carried out a video footage along with the news item and in the same some officer of Border Roads Organization (BRO) was shown walking on the road. The said officer neither cut the ribbon nor did not flag any vehicle suggesting that Srinagar-Leh has been reopened for the traffic.
Seeing the video footage one could easily judge that the BRO officer had gone to take stock of snow clearance on the highway and it was not even remotely connected with the reopening of Srinagar-Leh highway. The news item was beamed during the 7:00 PM (Kashmiri bulletin), 7:15 PM (Urdu bulletin), 10:00 PM (Urdu bulletin) and 10:05 (Kashmiri bulletin).
In the past whenever the Srinagar-Leh highway was reopened for traffic after winter, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal along with officers, officials of BRO, other administrative officials and senior Police officials would be present. Nothing of this was visible during the video footage beamed by RNU of DDK Srinagar.
The truth of the matter is that the 434 kilometers long Srinagar-Leh highway continues to be closed for the vehicular traffic. Although it was supposed to be thrown open on February 28, the same could not happen following avalanches that were triggered after fresh snowfall in many parts of Kashmir valley including Ganderbal district.
Usually the Department of Information & Public Relations would carry out a news item along with some photographs as and when the Srinagar-Leh highway was thrown open. This was not seen in the press note files of the department on February 28 and March 1 as well. It is also enough to prove that the highway is still closed and has not been reopened for vehicular traffic.
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