Transporters strike continues for 2nd day in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jun 10 (UNI) Life remained paralysed for the second day today in the Kashmir Valley due to 'Chakka Jam' in protest against the recent hike in petroleum products.

Although, the state cabinet announced setting up a three-member committee to look into the demands of the transporters, all private vehicles remained off the road.

Even as the authorities claimed to have made elaborate arrangements for plying bus service, only a few State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses were seen plying on some routes in the city.

The 'Chakka Jam' call was given by All Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association (AKTWA) to protest the steep hike in diesel, petrol and other petroleum products.

The Association demanded immediate upswing in the fare and urged the government to restore subsidy on all petroleum products, which had affected the common people.

No commercial vehicle was plying on any route while all buses and other passengers vehicles on district routes also remained off the roads in support of the four-day 'Chakka Jam' call.

Thousands of vehicles were parked at different bus stands and other places.

A UNI correspondent, who visited several areas in the city saw only private vehicles plying on routes, which otherwise remaines busy throughout the day.

A number of call supporters caught several SUV drivers near General bus stand, who were boarding passengers and got their vehicles tyres deflected. But, vehicles carrying ill patients were allowed to ply.

The three-wheelers plying on all routes were charging more than double the normal rates from the passengers.

A passenger Mohammad Ashraf said he paid Rs 100 from Budshah Chowk to Nowgam against the actual rate of Rs 50 to Rs 60. Similarly Rs 40 was being charged for Batmaloo, otherwise 15 minutes walking distance from Lal Chowk.

strike also affected normal work in government departments, as employees could not reach their respective offices because of lack of transport facilities.

Schools and other educational institutions having their own transport and those availing SRTC bus facilities were functioning normally. However, the students availing private bus service could not make it to their institutions.

However, the government schools remained deserted.

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