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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