In a heart-warming gesture, the private school association Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) has started community kitchen service for Kashmir based passengers stranded in Jammu. The association has also arranged buses owned by private schools in Jammu region, for ferrying the stranded passengers from Jammu to Srinagar.
Chairman relief council of PSAJ&K, Manzoor Ahmad Wangnoo said the unexpected and prolonged closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway which left hundreds of people stranded in misery and agony has found courtesy from the locals of Jammu and various organisations who opened their homes and religious places to accommodate the travellers.
“The Jammu based members of our association also set up Lunger (community kitchen) for stranded passengers and we also used buses of our private schools to ferry them towards Srinagar,” Wangnoo said.
He also informed that M Shakeel Rehman, office bearer of PSAJ&K is coordinating a relief camp set up at Bathandi, Jammu.
“The stranded passengers will be provided food and shelter at Bathandi as well,” he said.
Coordinator of PSAJ&K Tariq Bali was supervising the Lunger and ferrying of stranded passengers in private school buses.
“We informed our office bearers in Jammu region and set up Lunger for these stranded passengers from past three days. We had coordinated with all private schools falling in Ramban and Banihal region to keep their schools buses standby to provide assistance to these stranded passengers in case need arises,” said chairman PSAJ&K G N Var.
G N Var said the association is mulling to convene a meeting with all interested voluntary organisations in future for establishing a permanent setup at Jammu and along the highway to provide help to the stranded passengers in a coordinated way.
“Keeping in view the prevailing circumstances which we witnessed for past some weeks due to prolonged closure of highway, we will tie up with all these organisations and set up a permanent mechanism to avoid inconveniences faced by the stranded passengers as and when need arises,” he said.