Sanat Nagar residents demand separate sumo service

By: Arshad Dijoo

Srinagar: The residents of Sanat Nagar and Hakeem Bagh Rawalpora are up in arms against the unavailability of transport services in the area, especially during evening hours.

A delegation of the area headed by Mohammed Shafi staged a protest, demanding separate sumo stand for Sanat Nagar and Rawalpora locality.

The delegation was aghast against the lack of transport services to the area.

“Our area comprises of Sanat Nagar and adjacent Hakeem Bagh Rawalpora. This is a well populated area but ironically there is no Sumo service to this area at all. While we move out in search of transportation nobody picks us up as the Sumo service operates only from Rangreath area and while they reach Hakeem bagh/Sanat Nagar they come already booked and don’t stop anywhere in our area,” the delegation said.

They said they despite waiting for hours together they find it impossible to get a set in the sumo.

“These Sumos don’t even stop here while they rush towards Lal Chowk,” they said.

The people complained that the student community suffers in particular followed by the office goers.

“Everyone here doesn’t own a car or private transport especially the young ones who need to reach their institutions early but in vain we have to wait for long as no public transport comes to our rescue,” the residents said.

They urged the Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Kashmir to immediately look into the matter and establish a separate Sumo stand at Hakeem Bagh or Sanat Nagar area so that they get some respite.

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