Umar Hayat Hussain
SRINAGAR: Following significant decrease in the fuel prices during past month, the state administration is considering reduction in passenger fare.
Commissioner Secretary for transport Dilshad Khan told Kashmir Reader that the administration is going to hold a meeting in February to consider the proposal of fare reduction.
“The proposal of reduction fare has been worked out,” she said adding next month a meet will be called to decide on it.
In the last few weeks, the cost of diesel has come down by Rs 4 per liter. But there has been no indication from the government to reduce the transport charges. Subsequently, the public has started demanding revision of the fares.
Most passengers, who spoke to Kashmir Reader, said the government should have reduced the transport fares immediately after reduction in the fuel cost.
Whenever an increase in cost of fuel happens the transporters pres for fare enhancement, but when their prices are showing a downward trend they do not bring the prices down fares, Shabir Ahmad, a resident of Qamarwari here, said.
People, sees the delay as callousness on the part of government too.
Steps shall have been taken by now to reduce the passenger fare, so that passengers could have got this relief, Mohammad Ashraf a local said.
The people are also demanding a review of fare charged by cab operators who now have pressed their service to cater inter as intra district services. One of the commuters Farooq Ahmad Bhat of Harwan said that the service helps passengers cover distances rather quickly but there is an additional cost.
Apart from improving the sluggish public transport service, there should be a substantial rate cut for cabs operating here and government should ask them to strictly adhere to some tariff structure.
Mushtaq Ahmad of Pulwama in south Kashmir, who travels to Srinagar using the cab service, says that the different cab operators offer follow different schedules.