Commuters incensed

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Dec 7: State government decision to hike transport fares has drawn flak from all the quarters in J&K.
People are agitated over the state government’s decision to hike the passenger fares at a time when staggering inflation coupled with shortage of essential commodities especially LPG and Kerosene Oil has broken the back of common people.
“It is unfortunate that government instead of mitigating sufferings of people are further aggravating them. Hike in transport fares will put extra burden on our monthly budget and as a result people will face more financial crunch,” said Javid Ahmad, a Srinagar resident.
“It is an anti- people decision which government has taken in order to please few transporters,” he said.    
To mention, the State Cabinet approved re-fixing of maximum chargeable fares in case of stage and contract carriers.
The Cabinet approved 14.40 percent hike in the existing fares of buses (stage carriage), 13.49 percent hike in mini-buses (stage carriage), 12.13 percent hike in taxi, maxi cabs (contract carriers) and 8.81 percent hike in petrol-driven auto rickshaws (contract carriage).
“Increase in the fares would mean that the prices of almost all the commodities would increase as it is known phenomenon that whenever there is any kind of hike in passenger fare, prices of almost all the commodities go up,” said Muhammad Ayoub of Soura here.
The student community has expressed its resentment against the fare hike stating that the transport fares were already much higher and now time will come that it will become unaffordable if state government keeps on increase the fares within shorter span of time.
“Government should first think about the consequences of their decision, what impact would it have on overall society by hiking the transport fares. Students now have to shell out more money,” said Abid Ahmad , Kashmir university student.
Parents also protested hike in passenger fares stating that management of schools will automatically hike bus fares.
Many commuters urged traffic department that they should take strict action against the transporters for over-loading.
“The traffic department should impose fines on transporters for over-loading which is a norm now for the vehicle owners to earn quick buck,” they said.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 8 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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