No cab service to city-centre; North Kashmir residents aghast

Students, Patients Face Inconvenience As Sumos, Taveras Stopped At Parimpora

Syed Rizwan Geelani
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 24 2017 12:37AM | Updated Date: Oct 24 2017 12:37AM
No cab service to city-centre; North Kashmir residents aghastFile Photo

Resentment is brewing among the commuters of north Kashmir districts against the transport department and traffic police for not allowing cab services (Sumo, Tavera, etc.) into the city-centre.

The commuters travelling from different parts of the north Kashmir districts said the decision to stop entry of light motor vehicles carrying passengers at Parimpora has caused inconvenience to them, particularly students and patients travelling to Srinagar.

“It is not only about normal commuters but people suffering from different ailments are also put to trouble. Students also face inconvenience as they are forced to de-board vehicles at Parimpora,” said Ishfaq Ahmad, a visibly angry commuter from Baramulla.

The traffic police have stopped the entry of cabs to the city interiors after shifting of Batamaloo bus stand to Parimpora. The traffic cops deployed at Parimpora bus terminal claim that they have orders from higher ups not to allow entry of cabs to the city interiors.

The cops stop cabs coming from Uri, Baramulla, Sopore, Handwara, Kupwara, Bandipora, Tangmarg, Magam and other areas of north Kashmir.

“This is annoying, we hire cab from our area just to reach our designated place on time but the authorities are creating inconvenience for us by not allowing entry of cabs. They have shifted buses from Batamaloo, trucks are also not allowed to enter city interiors and now they don’t allow cabs as well. Then what they want to ply in city interiors?” a group of commuters from Sopore asked.

On Monday, a couple was carrying their baby - a hemophilic patient - with them in cab and had fixed an appointment with a doctor in city centre Lal Chowk, however their cab was stopped and traffic cops asked the passengers to disembark at Parimpora.

Curiously, the traffic cops at Parimpora allow entry of mini buses to city areas.

“I don’t understand why they are stopping Sumo services here. The cab service from other areas of central and south Kashmir districts are allowed to enter Jehangir Chowk but authorities have adopted a discriminative approach with people of north Kashmir,” said Abdul Majid, a resident from Kupwara.

The commuters accused the authorities in transport department and city traffic police of being hand in glove with some transporters (mini-bus owners) to benefit them by disallowing cab services inside city.

Officials said the proposal moved by Transport department suggested segregation of inter and intra-city transport, but the cops on ground have completely banned entry of cabs in city.

“High Court didn’t tell them to stop cabs. They have to streamline the traffic in city and there has to be color coding of cabs and allow them to ply to specific districts but not stop their entry,” the official said.

Transport commissioner Saughat Biswas said he would examine the matter and get it resolved as early as possible. “I will discuss it with other stakeholders. We will see how it will get resolved.”

SP Traffic Tahir Saleem Khan said the order has been issued by regional transport officer. "I am just implementing the order," he said.

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