SRINAGAR: Kashmir Economic Alliance led by its chairman Mohammad Yaseen Khan Friday impressed upon the chief Minister Omar Abdullah to recall his promise to revamp the ailing transport sector of the valley.
According to the chief spokesperson of recently split KEA, Siraj Ahmad said that it was at his behest that the Minister for Transport held many meetings with KEA on finding a viable solution to the problems faced by this sector and helping them to revive the industry and ensure its economic viability.
“A Rehabilitation package was discussed and assurance was given for its announcement in a short period of time. This rehabilitation package was to replace at least 600 old and condemned vehicles which as per transport guidelines were to be written off,” Ahmad said.
The spokesperson also said that KEA had brought it to the notice of the government that the big buses were badly affected by these guidelines as during the period of turmoil, these remained mostly standing and parked in Bus Stands. Big Bus Transport has also been affected badly by shifting Stands of this transport to two places.KEA had in its meetings with the Govt., stressed on the need to have a single general bus stand, from where big buses could operate on all routes of the valley and as also the commuters are facilitated to the best, he said.
Rehabilitation Plan submitted by the Alliance sought a onetime relief package for replacing old and condemned buses by new, comfortable and fuel efficient buses so that people travelled in comfort and transporters pride in plying buses is restored, he said.
“The newer fleet would also be economically viable for the transporters. Instead State Govt., has been issuing thousands of permits to all kinds of vehicles under LA .Issuing such permits has caused confusion, chaos and economic disaster to the already ailing transport industry. As if this was not enough traffic mess and jams have added to the miseries of people,” he said.
CM is requested, he added, to immediately call for a meeting of all the affected and condemned bus owners to sort out the issues highlighted by KEA in their earlier meetings and memorandum to the government and sort out problems if this sector is to be revived and made commercial success.