'Govt for viable resolution of genuine demands'

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary Tuesday assured the transporters that the government is for earliest and a viable resolution of their genuine demands and urged them to call of their strike.

Speaking in a special meeting he convened with them the DC assured the heads of different associations associated the transport sector that their genuine demands would be taken up with higher authorities and a viable resolution be found within a stipulated time period.

The assurance followed an extensive discussions on issues the transporters said face them and their set of demands.

Dr Shahid assured the transporters that the government wants a just and favourable-to-all resolution of the issue and motivated them to call off their strike.

There was agreement that the strike would lead to huge inconvenience for one and all and that it must be avoided.

Some of demands the transporters raised and sought fulfilment for during the meeting include among others announcement of a transport policy which gives the transport sector the status of a transport industry, hike in the fare structure, waiving off of token and passenger taxes from August 2019, review of condemnation age of vehicles, fresh survey in compliance with the J&K High Court directions for identification of feasible locations for auto, sumo, mini-bus stops, stands, and taking transporters into confidence while fixing fee for toll plaza and parking places.