Srinagar, June 10 : The indefinite strike by transporters in Jammu and Kashmir entered the second day today affecting private vehicles and thousands of pilgrims going to Vaishnodevi.
All Jammu and Kashmir Transport Welfare Association has called the strike to demand a 50 per cent increase in fares.
Pilgrims visiting the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi are the worst affected in the absence of vehicles, leaving over 50,000 devotees stranded at the railway station here and 70,000 others in Katra, the base camp of the cave shrine.
A three-member panel has been constituted by the State Government to look into their demands, while the state-run Road Transport Corporation has started special bus services to ferry passengers from Jammu to various destinations.
However, the transporters are annoyed at the Government's move to constitute another committee when a panel appointed by it earlier is yet to submit its report.
The Association's President said that the recent hike in prices of petrol and diesel are intolerable for the transporters in the state and that there is a need for immediate increase in passenger fares and freight charges.
He also said that the strike will continue as long as their grievances are not redressed.