Life paralysed in Kashmir as traders join transporters' strike

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Srinagar, Jun 11 (UNI) Life remained paralysed in the Kashmir valley for the third day today as traders also joined the 'Chakka Jam' in protest against the recent hike in petroleum products and other essential commodities.

All private passenger vehicles remained off the road though the state Cabinet had set-up a three-member committee to look into the demands of the transporters.

Three wheelers continued to take undue benefit of the strike, charging more than double the normal rates.

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

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

In support of the ''Chakka Jam'', no commercial vehicle was plying on any route in the city and all buses and other passenger vehicles on district routes were also off the roads. All vehicles remained 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 remain busy throughout the day.

Three wheelers were seen plying on all routes, charging more than double the normal rates from the passengers.

Government offices and educational institutions remained closed on account of holiday because of Mela Khir Bhawani.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed in the summer capital and other major towns of the valley in response to the call by traders federation in protest against price hike.


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