Transporters go on strike

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SRINAGAR: Up in arms against the traffic authorities and local police, minibus operators of Srinagar city staged protest and observed a strike on Wednesday.

The Minibus operators who assembled in Batamaloo alleged that police and civil administration has been forcing them to adopt long routes. “The authorities have created unnecessary diversions at various routes in Srinagar city. When our drivers refuse to budge, the police not only abuse them but damage the mini-buses as well,” Minibus Federation president Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf told CNS.

The protesting drivers asked authorities not to create such diversions that make them as well as passengers suffer. “A Dalgate passenger in a minibus bound for Lal Chowk has to travel through Abdullah Bridge and via Lal Ded hospital he reaches to Children’s Park. By regulating traffic like this authorities have been adding to the woes of drivers and passengers. The plan needs to be reviewed,” the protesting drivers said.

Due to strike by minibus operators, passengers faced lot of inconvenience. “We are not going to call off our strike till authorities do not review the diversion plans,” Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf said.

When contacted, a top traffic official said that diversions have been adopted to ease congestion, especially during peak morning and evening hours. (CNS) 

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