Transporters’ ‘Chakka-jam’ call affects life in Jammu

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/13/2019 1:44:01 AM

JAMMU, Jun 12: The transporters’ one-day ‘Chakka-Jam’ call against the administration's decision on the installation of location-tracking devices in vehicles as a security measure in the militancy-infested state badly affected normal life in Jammu on Wednesday.
Strike was marked by protest marches by transporters amid stray incidents of violence at few places, where some public transport vehicles were damaged by the striking transport association members for defying the strike call, which put commuters to great inconvenience across the city and adjoining areas.
Although the government had pressed state-owned SRTC buses into service to address the worries of commuters but they proved to be simply inadequate.
Commuters, especially the Vaishno Devi pilgrims, faced a tough time due to non-plying of commercial vehicles.
Generally all commercial vehicles viz., private buses, mini-buses, trucks/ load carriers, oil tankers, Tempo Travellers, Sumos/Taxis, and auto-rickshaws remained off the roads as all transport associations had extended support to ‘Chakka-Jam’ call.
However at certain places, including Bikram Chowk and Dogra Chowk during protest marches, the members of transporters’ unions damaged windowpanes of several commercial vehicles for defying the Bandh call of All Transporters Welfare Association (ATWA).
“We are protesting against the government's unjust decision to install GPRS on vehicles, charge hefty fees in various local bus terminals, fees to install high security number plates. Our issues should be addressed,” ATWA chairman T S Wazir told reporters during protest march.
They are seeking withdrawal of government direction vis-à-vis installation of GPRS on transport vehicles and resenting non-issuance of fitness certificates to the old commercial vehicles by the State Transport Department.
“Firstly, the government should setup control and monitoring and then install GPRS on vehicles,” Wazir said. “The Transport Department few years back, forced transporters to install high security number plates and speed governors on the vehicles,” he added. “We followed the instructions and installed the same but despite that two trucks and three taxis went missing from Jammu some time back,” Wazir alleged and said that the authorities failed to trace the vehicles.
He said, “We’re also protesting against non-issuance of fitness certificates to commercial vehicles by the state transport department.”
Similar calls were given by the transporters’ organizations in Kashmir and Ladakh as well. However in Kashmir, the main issue related to the levying of toll tax, installation of Awantipora toll post at Jammu Srinagar highway besides government direction for installing hi tech system in vehicles.
Officials, however, said that the action of transporters was unjustified as thousands of commuters suffered in the state due to the strike. They said that transporters did not want to install GPRS and high security number plates. “These are security related issues which will also address the problems of traffic jams in city roads and highways,” they said.



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