Stone-quarry holders on Monday staged a protest at Pantha Chowk in Srinagar, triggering a massive traffic jam in the area, leaving commuters stranded for hours together.
An eye witness said that traffic movement was hampered due to a sit-in staged by the quarry holders to protest the ban on quarrying.
He said that hundreds of vehicles were left stranded on the road between Pantha Chowk and Sonwar and Pantha Chowk stretch of the road.
Those stranded involved patients and office-goers as well. "The government should have negotiated with the protesters and saved us of the hassle. It is Monday, first day of the week, and we are running late to the office," said a stranded commuter who was heading towards his office in Lal Chowk from Pampore.