Will ask transporters to ply additional buses, says RTO
Mir Sabeen Gulrez
SRINAGAR: Shortly after the sundown the public transport in capital Srinagar vanishes in thin air and hundreds of commuters find themselves stranded on roadsides.
Many commuters told Kashmir Reader that passenger buses plying on city routes disappear after 6 pm leaving the people in lurch.
Abdul Rashid Khan of Soura said commuters face immense problems as they have to spend time on the roads in the biting cold with a hope to catch a chance conveyance.
On HMT, Soura, Nowgam, Bemina, Budgam and many other routes, buses are not available, said commuters on these routes. “We hire autos or share cabs to reach to destinations and sometimes cover the distance on foot,” Abdul said.
Another commuter from Nowgam area, Ghulam Rasool Parray told Kashmir Reader that his children are usually unable to catch a bus in the evenings. He said he was planning to bring it to the notice of the superintendent of police (city traffic).
Mini-bus federation chairman Sheikh Mohammd Yusuf dismissed the complaints saying buses were available on all routes from 8 am to 7 pm in winters.
Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Kashmir, Farooq Rather however said the department would ask transporters to ply additional buses if need arose, to ensure that commuters do not suffer.
“We have also received complaints that transport disappears after 5:30 pm. We had a series of meetings with transporters, and ultimately I myself surveyed the areas where buses were not available,” he said.
The RTO reiterated that he would ask transporters to ply additional buses t mitigate the people’s problems. “We have always asked the transporters to change their behaviour. If they won’t, they have to face the consequences,” Rather added.