Transporters’ strike affects normal life in Kashmir

Transporters’ strike affects normal life in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jun 12: Life was on Wednesday badly affected due to “ Chaka Jam” by public transporters in support of their demands in the Kashmir valley, where train service between Baramulla to Banihal in Jammu region witnessed heavy rush since early Wednesday morning.
Even the local public transport was also off the roads, forcing people to cover long distance on foot. However, private vehicles were plying normally without facing any traffic jam which otherwise was a daily routine.
Different transport bodies in all the three region of the state—Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir—have called for a strike today alleging that Regional Transport Officer (RTO) and Assistant RTO are not issuing fitness certificate to commercial vehicles and they are being forced to install Vehicle Tracking Device (VTD) and Panic Buttong (PB) in their vehicles.
The office bearers of transport bodies said that they were asked to install High Security Number Plats (HSNP) on their vehicles so that it (vehicle) could be traced immediately. However, they alleged that a number of trucks besides taxis were stolen without tracing them till date.
People, including employees and students, had to cover on foot the long distance to reach their destination in the absence of public transport though on some routes State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses are operating. However, buses and other transport of educational institutions were plying normally in the valley.
Interestingly the train service witness heavy rush of passengers since early this morning. However, they had to cover the distance from railway station to their respective destinations on foot due to non availability of public transport.