Transporters' Association Bandipora has threatened to stop services on Bandipora-Srinagar highway from next week to protest government's "failure" to improve the condition of this road.
The transporters including bus and sumo service providers said the government was indifferent to the sufferings of the people caused due to bad condition of the road.
"Our vehicles are suffering extensive damage as there are large potholes at several places on the road. We had appealed the government several times during the last four years to improve the condition of this road but to no avail," they said.
"We have now decided to halt our service on Bandipora-Srinagar road from next week as the government is not paying any attention towards our sufferings," Fayad Ahmad, president Sumo Association Bandipora said.
He said that despite repeated pleas to district administration and the ministry concerned, "nothing has been done to upgrade the condition of the road."
The transporters said a plethora of representations made by them to the ministry concerned over the issue, have not found any favour. "The height is that even the minor repairs have not been conducted on the road," they said. Meanwhile, Imam-e-Hi Bandipora, Khursheed Ahmad Naqashbandi also expressed concern over the dilapidated condition of the highway.
He urged the district administration and the government to take necessary steps to upgrade the condition of the road to mitigate the sufferings of people particularly the transporters, whose vehicles have suffered damage owing to bad condition of the road.
He was speaking during Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Bandipora.
Earlier, the Transporters Association Bandipora had sent a letter to Imam-e-Hi Bandipora urging him to make everyone aware about the condition of the road.
The transporters also sought public cooperation in this regard and asked the people to cooperate with them.
They also said that BRO has miserably failed to improve the condition of the road since the road was handed over to them. The Srinagar-Bandipora road was handed over to BRO in September 2011 as per the Board decision taken under the chairmanship of then Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Sajad Hussain said he was busy. "You can call later," he said and dropped the phone.
To recall, in January this year the DC had told this newspaper that they were working to improve the condition of the road and within two to three months "people will see the change".