Pampore residents demand taxi stand in Srinagar

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PAMPORE: The residents in South Kashmir’s Pampore have expressed resentment against the traffic authorities for not providing them a taxi stand in Srinagar, saying “they have to go through a lot of inconvenience each day”. The passengers allege that the government was insolent particularly the Srinagar Municipal Cooperation (SMC) which has provided a space to every vehicle bound to other places, except for Pampore. “I had to wait for two hours in Srinagar with my ailing mother, but no sumo bound to Pulwama and Anantnag would allow us to board,” said Fayaz Ahmad, a local, adding that he did not want more people to get into such situations. The residents told Kashmir Reader that many drivers from Pulwama and Anantnag forcefully let them out of their vehicles as their stop is in Pampore. “It ironic that when they have less number of passengers they would stop for us at Pampore, but while returning, nobody gives a heed to us,” said Shabir Ahmad, a resident, adding that sumo stand at Lal Chowk was a must so that no one falls in awkward situation. Mir Murawat Hussain, organiser Fallah Behbood Committee Pampore, told Kashmir Reader that they have met Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar two months ago, who then asked ARTO Pulwama to find a solution to their problem, but the ARTO did not took any action. “Lal Chowk has number of sumo stands, but there is no space for our area in the entire Lal Chowk,” said Murawat Hussain, adding that the authorities were compelling them to take extreme steps including blockading the highway. Meanwhile, Road and Transportation officer (RTO) Kashmir did not answer phone call of this reporter despite repeated attempts. Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Mohammad Dar, however, assured that he would take up the issue with the concerned authorities so that no one suffers.

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