Jammu and Kashmir: Transporters to observe strike on June 12 against imposition of toll tax

Transporters across the state would observe a strike on June 12 (Wednesday) against levying of toll tax on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and the recent government order asking them to install hi-tech systems such as vehicle location tracking devices and panic button in the vehicles.

General Secretary Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association Sheikh Muhammd Yusuf told Greater Kashmir that the strike, which will also be observed to press for demands like speedy verification of documents, will also be held by the Jammu transporters.

“Heavy toll charges (Rs 285) for a bus on national highway is a burden. Transport sector has been suffering huge losses in the Valley and now administration wants us to install hi-tech gadgets in our vehicles which costs almost Rs 20,000. It is a burden on us,” Yusuf said.

He said that the transporters have decided to go for a day long token strike and that if demands are not met they will intensify the stir and go for indefinite chakka-jam strike.

He said that buses, Sumos, auto rickshaws and all other commercial vehicles will observe the strike on June 12.