Transporters strike affects life in Kashmir

MAJID NABI. Dated: 6/13/2019 1:43:44 AM

SRINAGAR, Jun 12: Transporters observed “Chakka Jam” strike in Kashmir valley against levying of toll tax along Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and recent government decision to install GPS devices in all commercial vehicles.
The strike call that affected normal life across Kashmir was given by All Jammu and Kashmir Transporters Association (AJKTA) as a mark of protest against setting up of another toll post along highway near Awantipora in south Kashmir.
Transporters strike miserably affected day to day activities in the valley including Srinagar city while inter-district road connectivity was hit that made people especially students and government employees to suffer badly.
“I am government employees and I use to travel Srinagar frequently, however the transporters strike forced me to stay at home. My children who study at a nearby village too could not attend the school due to non-availability of transport,” Shabir Ahmad from Anantnag informed through phone.
Although the public transport was by and large off the roads, however irksome traffic jams were witnessed on city roads throughout the day.
No commercial vehicle including buses, mini-buses, trucks, load carriers, oil tankers, Tempo Travelers, Sumo’s, Taxis or auto rickshaws were visible on roads given transporters one day ‘chakka jam’ strike.
Meanwhile Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association staged protest at Press Enclave against the government’s alleged dictatorial directives which they said has hit the transport industry badly.
“We are being victimized in the name of Smart City although we are not against development at all but a transporter who hardly manages two time food cannot afford GPS system which costs around 20,000 rupees,” they said.
The protesters said that they extended their support to JKTA following government’s recent decision to of levying toll tax and installation of GPS system in vehicles.
“It’s good that government wants development but the development should be take toll on poor people like us. We increase passenger fair after four years while as the government employees enjoy benefit from the government. Why this injustice with poor people only,” they asked.



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