SRTC workers protest relocation to city outskirts
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Srinagar, Apr 9: The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation Workers' Union (SRTCWU) today held a protest against government's decision to relocate the Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) to the outskirts of the city.
The protesting union members gathered at the Residency Road here and shouted slogans against the relocation of TRC from Dalgate area of Srinagar to Nowgam area near the Railway station, which lies on the outskirts of the summer capital.
"Authorities have sent a letter ordering us to vacate the TRC in 24 hours. They want to relocate the TRC to Nowgam, but then who will spend Rs 400 as auto-rickshaw fare to first reach Nowgam and then spent more money to travel by our buses. If we are relocated, we will die," said Shakeel Ahmad, the chairman of SRTCWU.
He said the present location of TRC offered tourists and other travellers an easy access to hotels and other places, since it is located in the heart of the Srinagar.
The union members carrying banners and placards later dispersed peacefully, however, warning that if their demand is not met they will come out again on streets.
If the order to shift the TRC is not revoked, then employees will be forced to intensify their protests," a statement issued by the SRTCWU said.
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