Transporters call strike on November 19

Demand Hike In Fare, Freight


Srinagar, Nov 13: All Kashmir Valley Transporters Association - a representative body of transporters- today called for a complete wheel-jam on Monday, November 19. The transporters demanded that State Government should announce hike in passenger fare and freight with immediate effect keeping in view the hike in diesel prices.
Association chairman Ghazi Abdul Majid held a meeting of representatives of various transporters’ associations to discuss the issue.
“After holding threadbare deliberations with all the stakeholders of transport industry we have decided to go on strike on Monday. We have given enough time to State Government but they seem to be in slumber. All the passenger and goods carrying vehicles will remain off the roads on the day,” Ghazi said.
Majid said the State Government had promised transporters that they would announce the fare hike before Durbar Move. “But no announcement has come till date; we are being compelled to call for strike keeping in view the losses which transporters have to face due to hike in diesel prices.”
He added that transporters were also facing immense problems due to hike in price of spare parts and tyres. “We had presented our view point before the Government on fare hike and at that time they seemed to be in favour of it, but I fail to understand why have they backtracked now,” Majid said, adding that if the Government doesn’t increase the fare, transporters will go for indefinite strike.
“While we are incurring heavy losses, the Government seems indifferent to our plight,” said Khurshid Ahmad, General Secretary, Western Bus Service.
“Transporters have raised loans for purchasing vehicles and we have to pay interest. But when we are not able to earn for our needs how can we pay the interest and bank installments?” he asked.
Last week, the transporters had given one week’s time to the State Government for increasing the fares.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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