Transporters’ strike against toll tax cripples life across S Kashmir

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 5/15/2019 2:52:42 PM

ANANTNAG, May 14: The strike by transporters of south Kashmir against the imposition of toll tax by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) virtually paralysed life in the region.
The NHAI, after completing the Banihal to Srinagar stretch of the highway, started collecting toll tax from the vehicles plying on the road at toll post Kachkoot near Sangam.
To protest the imposition of toll tax, south Kashmir transporters association had called for strike today. Responding to the call, the passenger vehicles including Sumos and mini buses did not ply on the main and link roads across south Kashmir causing inconvenience to the people. People including employees, students and patients had to face lot of trouble in reaching their destinations.
The otherwise busy roads in the major townships of the regions which usually witnessed messy traffic jams were almost empty.
Chairman, south Kashmir transporters association, Mohammad Ashraf, the strike call evoked unexpected response from the transporters all across southern region.
"In view of month of fasting we had given call for only for one day strike. The transport will be back on roads from tomorrow. We will wait for the government's response to our strike call which severely inconvenienced the people," chairman, SKTA said.
He said there will be no call in the month of Ramadan now even if government fails to meet our demand.
"If government does not do away with charging toll tax on local transporters we will go for indefinite strike after Ramadan as we don't want people to be put to more inconvenience," he said.



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