150 Shopian cab drivers have no space to operate

SHOPIAN: Cab drivers in south Kashmir’s Imamsahib Shopian said that they are without stand for two decades and are facing humiliation in the hands of police, army, shopkeepers and commuters “as they have to look for a space on the road”.
Drivers said that they started makeshift stand the year 2000, but since then no permanent space was given to them.
“We knocked the doors of every concerned official including Divisional Commissioner, High Court, but our demand was never given any attention,” said Manzoor Ahmad, President cab stand Imamsahib.
Ahmad said that at least 150 cabs, Sumos are running services from this temporary stand for four district headquarters which include Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Srinagar, besides other tehsils.
“We are forced to park cabs on roads which is inconvenient for both public and drivers as it leads to traffic jams,” another driver from this stand said.
“Government land near tehsil office is lying vacant which should be given for our stand,” they said.
When contacted Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Choudhary Muhammad Yasin, he said he will look into this matter.
“There was some dispute and we are working on that. Hope the matter will be solved very soon,” he said.

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