Transport Strike Hits Entire State- Thousands Stranded, Commuters Suffer

June 12

Suhail Dar

Jammu Kashmir transporters on Wednesday are observing a one-day strike from Lakhanpur to Ladakh in protest against non-issuance of fitness certificates to the commercial vehicles by the State Transport Department.

However, due to ‘chakka jam’, no commercial vehicle was seen plying on road thus adding woes

to commuters. The protesting transporters said that Transporters’ bodies from Kashmir and Ladakh have also joined the strike and no commercial vehicle including buses, mini-buses, trucks/ load carriers, oil tankers, Tempo Travelers, Sumos/ Taxis, Auto-rickshaws etc are plying on the roads.

Meanwhile the South Kashmir Transporters Association held a protest demonstration to protest against the “indiscrimination” leveled by the state Government on them.

Shabir Ahmed Ganie, General Secretary South Kashmir Transporters Association while speaking to The Kashmiriyat said that heavy toll charges of Rs 285 for a bus on National Highway is a burden as the transport sector is suffering huge losses in the Valley.

“Now administration wants us to install hi-tech gadgets in our vehicles which costs almost Rs 20,000, which is unfair against the transporters in a place where the Government has failed to provide proper roads,” he said.