Apple harvest worsens transport problems in Shopian

Apple harvest worsens transport problems in Shopian
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Cabs skip trips to cash in on apple harvest

Shopian: Commuters in Shopian are facing huge incvence due to the death of passenger vehicles on major routes.
While not a single bus plies on any major route in the district, there is huge gap between the commuters and passenger cabs, which worsens during the apple harvest.
Residents, especially students from Dangam village told Kashmir Reader that they were facing problems as there were no cabs to carry the passengers between Dangam and Shopian. “The cab stands are empty especially in the mornings and evenings,” Muhammad Aqib Ganie, a resident of Vehil said.
Ganie said that the situation forces them to travel by foot.
Students from Turkwangam and Trenz areas said that the transporters skip operations during the apple harvest.
“From past one year we always failed to reach school on time because there is dearth of passenger vehicles. We ask transport minister to look into this matter as the problem is not new and has no solution without government’s intervention,” Saik Ahmad, a class 12th student said.
Uzma Jan, another under graduate student had similar complaints.
“We are facing problems in reaching college. We have brought this issue to notice of concerned authorities several times.”
Gulzar Ahmad Wagay, an government employee at Technical Education department said that they fail to reach offices in time.
“As soon as the cabs were introduced the transport system went dysfunctional,” Wagay said.
Muhammad Rafi Kumar, a resident of Trenz said that he has to walk six kilometre daily from home to reach Shopian.
Another commuter said that after 4:30pm all the sumo stands get deserted.
Assistant Regional Transport Officer Shopian, Abdul Majid told Kashmir Reader that he has called for a meeting on Monday with transporters.
“Yes it’s true that the people are facing problems as there is dearth of passenger vehicles in Shopian. Nobody is ready to buy a mini-bus or bus despite the fact we are giving 30 percent of subsidy,” he said.
He added that most of the cab drivers skip carrying passengers because of the rush of apple season in autumn.
“I will look into this matter and where people are facing problems we will manage more vehicles for those area, “he said adding that action will taken against cab drivers who have registered their vehicles for providing services but were skipping the same and those stands who fail to provide services till 6pm.

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