Around 50,000 commercial vehicles struggling to continue operations: KTWA
Kashmir based transport associations Saturday stated that unprecedented lockdowns in Valley has affected them badly and urged admin to announce a special package for the community.
As the transporters, they have become a victim of the successive years and are the worst hit among the working sector in the Kashmir region.
General Secretary, Kashmir Transport Welfare Association (KTWA) Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf told Rising Kashmir that from the past 25 years in Kashmir, transporters have become an easy target of the situation.
“From the past 10 months, our commercial activities have been badly following the abrogation of Article 370 lockdown and Coronavirus lockdown,” he said.
Yousuf said drivers, conductors of big, small and minibusses, tourist cabs, including tempo travelers and auto-rickshaws, have been of successive interruptions in Kashmir.
“There are about 50000 commercial vehicles and people associated with the public transport industry are struggling to continue their operations and livelihood as they have been badly hit by successive lockdowns,” he said.
“With the 2014 devastating floods, that shattered the public transport in Kashmir division, followed by 2016 unrest and then in August 2019 till date, the transport community has been left for God’s mercy,” Yousuf said.
Even after August 05, lockdown, the government charged transporters late fee of permits, licenses and other charges and nothing was compensated, he said.
“Despite repeated pleas to JK administration, things have remained unchanged on the ground and now we again appeal to concern authorities that they should look into the matter,” Yousuf said.
He said owners should be compensated as it was government sponsored COVID19 lockdown and drivers, conductors should be provided financial assistance immediately.
As per him, the transporters have played a key in paying taxes to Jammu and Kashmir government and in these challenging times, they need support from the administration, which is the need of the hour.
“Keeping in view the sufferings of owners of all types of commercial vehicles, we humbly request Lieutenant Governor administration to provide financial assistance to the community,” he said.