Despite reservation of seats for ladies' in passenger buses, the women are facing a tough time to get their due place in the public transport here.
The Traffic department, under the Motor Vehicle Act, (MVA) 1988, had issued an order in 2012 to reserve eight seats for women besides physically challenged passengers. However, in absence of monitoring, the Act is yet to be implemented.
"Though on paper seats are reserved for women, however we still face problems to obtain seats in buses" said Sameena Akhtar, a student,
Most of the female commuters said the seats reserved for them are occupied by male passengers. "The authorities have failed to ensure seats to the women" Sakeena Shafi, another student.
"I have never seen concerned officials inspecting buses and ensure reservation of seats for women," said Sumaiya Nazir, a commuter.
Senior Superintendent of Police Traffic (Srinagar) Maqsood-ul-Zaman said "we have been imposing fine and even seizing vehicles for violation of traffic rules and denying reserved seats to women."
"It is not possible to stop every bus due to limited manpower. We have notified toll free number, but so far we have not received any complaints from women," the SSP said.
Regional Traffic Officer (RTO) Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad Rather, said "we have already conducted a meeting with drivers and conductors in this regard."
"We have made it clear to them that we will impose fine and seize vehicles if we find any one violating rules," the RTO added.