Shutdown in J-K hits commuters

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Srinagar, June 11 : Commuters faced a lot of hardships in Jammu and Kashmir today, the third day of the four-day shutdown call given by the transporters, demanding a raise in passenger fares following hike in fuel prices.

In Srinagar, people were stranded in the wake of transport strike. For many, it took hours to reach their destinations.

The transporters want the State Government to raise the passenger fares in the wake of recent hike in fuel prices announced by the Central Government.

"The poor people are suffering because of 50 rupees increase in the price of gas (LPG cylinder). People in some departments have not got salaries for six months continuously. As a result, it is very difficult for the poor people to survive," said Erfan Nabi, a resident.

Buses, taxis and other commercial vehicles stayed off the streets, causing considerable inconvenience to the residents. People blamed the State Government for failing to make alternate arrangements for the commuters.

"I am a student. I have my exams today. I am very worried because of the inconvenience caused by the strike. The Government should do something about it," said Rashid, a student.

The fares in Jammu and Kashmir have not been revised since 2005 while the oil prices have increased manifold during the period. The transporters say the recent hike in oil prices has burdened them with losses.

ANI

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