Mini-passenger Vehicles Plying On City Routes Overcharge Passengers

Commuters Seek Intervention Of Authorities

Srinagar: Residents of various areas of city outskirts including Harwan, Nishat and Shalimar Monday alleged that Taxi Drivers Union in New Theed Harwan is displaying a ‘fake’ rate list and charging passengers at will.

They accused Taxi Drivers Union of overcharging of fares from the passengers on different routes in Shalimar, Harwan and Nishat.

The commuters alleged that public transporters plying on link roads interior routes are overcharging fares and violating the fare rates fixed by the government through Transport Commissioner.

They urged authorities to implement proper transport fare rates across Srinagar city so that commuters do not get fleeced any more.

“When I asked about the authenticity of the rate list from a transporter at ‘Faqiruddin Muhammad Taxi Drivers Union’, he claimed it is a genuine rate list, uploaded by Regional Transport Office on its official website.

RTO Kashmir, Ikramullah Tak said that they haven’t issued any rate list yet, though an increase of 20% in transport fare has already been announced. “We will send a team there to ascertain the facts,” he said adding that a revised rate list will soon be made public. (KNT)

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