Srinagar: Flouting the government order on fare hike, public transporters across Kashmir continue to fleece passengers with concerned authorities taking no action despite assurances to people.
The cabinet headed by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in July took the decision of hiking passenger fare.
As per the decision, the fare for big busses was hiked by 13.7 5 percent, medium and mini-busses 13.7 percent, cabs and taxis 8.25 percent, autos 2.85 percent and others 13.7 percent.
As per new hike, upto 3 kilometers the fare was hiked from Rs 4.99 to 6; upto 5 it was increased from Rs 8.33 to Rs 9; upto 10 km fare was hiked from Rs 10 to Rs 11; upto 15 kms from Rs 11.67 to Rs 13; upto 20 kilometers from Rs 14.99 to Rs 17 and beyond 20 kms the fare will be hiked as per range and destination.
However, the passenger vehicles including buses, minibuses, cabs, taxis, and autos are charging high fare in contravention to the order.
Passengers across Kashmir complain that the transporters have been charging as per their own whims after the hike was ordered by the government.
Passengers said that they receive abuses from the transporters when they are questioned about arbitrary fare charging and informed about the government order.
“Sumo cabs have increased the fare by Rs 10, buses, minibuses and autos by Rs 5. This is violation of the order. The government should immediately address the issue,” Imtiyaz Ahmad, a passenger who travels in public transport daily from Srinagar to Baramulla, said.
Even the deputy commissioners had received complaints, but they did not act.
“The government resorted to appeasement of transporters and ignored the rights of public. Civil society is never consulted on such matters by the government,” Mushtaq Ahmad, a resident of Pampore said.
The officials and the concerned minister did not respond to calls to comment on the issue.
—With agency inputs