Shimla: Belying tall claims about government preparedness for keeping state roads and highways fully functional during the monsoon period, the opposition congress today lashed out at leaving apple growers in a lurch for want of market access to sell their produce.
Talking to media persons congress spokesman Kuldeep Rathore said, thousands of apples boxes were held up in many growing belts because most rural roads were blocked.
Government claims about preparedness have proved hollow, he said. Apple harvest was at its peak and transporters were hesitant to move into the hinterland because of bad roads, he added.
The rains have been heavy and damages are extensive. The revenue department needs to undertake an early assessment about losses to peoples properties and compensate them, said the congressman.