Absence of Evening Transport Leaves Commuters Hassled

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SRINAGAR — The absence of transport facilities to many of the areas of Sri­nagar in the evening hours has left the commuters hassled. The public transport on the roads of Srinagar remains mostly off the roads which has left the people hassled. The au­thorities have “miserably failed” to improve the transport facilities.

After the sunset, public trans­port “abruptly disappears from city roads causing immense problems to commuters to reach their respec­tive destinations.” The commuters from various city routes complain that absence of passenger buses, su­mos and mini-buses in “the evening hours takes heavy toll on them.”

Earlier while taking cognizance of complaints of unavailability of public transport facilities in the evenings in the district, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Abid Rashid Shah, had “convened a meet­ing with transporters representing different transport associations op­erating in the district” to seek the plying of services. The DC, while acknowledging the concerns of the transporters operating in the dis­trict, “gave clear-cut instructions to the transporters to ensure availabil­ity of public transport facilities late into the evenings across the district.” But the commuter said that the or­ders were not followed. The district administration had called “for im­mediate reinforcements in public transport availability on all notified public routes in the district, par­ticularly at the city centre.” Though the administration had assured that strict action will be taken if new complaints of unavailability or in­adequateness of transport facilities in the evenings were reported from any part of the district, commuters said that the authorities were turn­ing a deaf ear to the problem. “As soon as the sun sets in, sumos ply­ing on Aari Bagh road are hard to find,” said a resident Ashiq Hussain. Aaribagh is around seven kilometers from the city centre. “One can only imagine the hardships of commut­ers residing at longer distances from the city centre,” he said. A group of Aaribagh bound commuters, who were waiting for sumo at Lal Chowk, said that they have many times tak­en up the matter with concerned au­thorities. “But our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” they said.

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