Access to the road has made it easier for sellers to commute from distant locations in the state. It has also given a much needed boost to the apple business.
Sellers and buyers expressed satisfaction and happiness over the road's opening.
"Since the time Mughal Road opened, we are earning money, and it has become cheaper and convenient for buyers as well. The vendors of Poonch also buy apples from us and sell them there as they find it cheaper," said Gulam Mohammadd Rishi, a seller.
Many roads in several districts of the regions were closed when insurgency took root. However, with normalcy restored, the government has re-opened most of these roads.
The apple industry in the Kashmir valley is the backbone of the state's economy, contributing billions of rupees from exports.
More than 90,000 acres in the Kashmir Valley are used for apple cultivation.
Nearly 77 percent of the country's apples are produced in the state.
The price of the fruit has gone down from an average of 100 rupees per kilogram to 25 rupees per kilogram," said Abdul Aziz, a resident of Poonch.
--ANI (Posted on 06-09-2013)