SRINAGAR: The shifting of bus stand to Parimpora from Batamaloo has compounded the woes of daily commuters. They are not only constrained to break their trip to city center but to traverse the distance to Batamaloo they have to board another vehicle and pay additional fare. Worse, the bus operators have not altered the fare even as they ferry the commuters for shortened distance.
The transport fare regulators say that they would not touch the controversial issue because it would open a new front. “Let the transporters and commuters adjust to the new arrangement first. We will review the bus fare later. We are doing things step by step,” he said.
“I used to travel from Hajin to Batamaloo in a bus every day. Our fare was Rs 35. But once the bus stand was shifted to Parimpora, the fare was not slashed even though we have to board another vehicle to reach our destination. It is sheer injustice,” s totally injustice with us,” Owais Ahmad, a government employee said.
“We have to board another bus from Parimpora to Batamaloo. It costs us an additional fare of Rs 9. It means we have to pay Rs 43 for the journey that we used to do for Rs 35,” he said.
Shugufta Amin, a student told Kashmir Reader that she used to travel from Sopore in a bus and cannot afford to travel in a sumo every day. “I am student and can ill-afford to travel in a sumo every day. The government should revise the rate so that it will benefit us all,” she said.
She said the shifting of bus stand has benefited the transporters but the commuters have been left in lurch.