BARAMULLA APR 05: Scores of college students residing in Kandi area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla District are facing problem to go to the college due to non-availability of bus service in the area.
The Kandi area of Baramulla, compromising of more than 20 villages, is about 25 kilometers from Baramulla town and is connected to it with 14 feet wide macadamized road. Residents said that, it is only Sumo service which is plying on this route while costing heavy fares from locals.
Inhabitants of Pachhar, chandoosa, Gohan, Sultanpora, Dudbug, Shirpora,wehdna,Shumlaran,
“We are not able to pay a fare of Rs 3000 per month as our total monthly income touches only Rs 3000″,a group of angry college students told PTK.
They said, Kandi area of Baramulla is only linked with a Sumo service with its headquarter Baramulla and which is charging a fare of Rs 30 to Rs 50 per passenger, either it is student or common people.
These heavy sumo fares have now put students into trouble and psychosis for managing such huge fares to continue their studies.” It has become difficult for me to arrange heavy fares. Now I have to choose between studies or earning money”, Muneer Ahmad,a college student said.
“I have a dream to become an IAS officer, but heavy sumo fares made me to abandon studies”, a girl student, who has taken her admission in Govt. Women’s College told PTK.
The jittery but hardworking labourer parents, who dreams higher education for their children, have nothing to offer their wards than only assurance and hope for better.
“Beside two civil buses, a SRTC Bus was also plying on this road .But this all came to halt after sliding of road at Rajpora village”, Farooq Ahmad, Depot Manager SRTC Baramulla said.
“We are facing shortage of buses, once it came to an end, for which we are writing to our higher authorities, the bus service will be restored” he added.
When contacted MLA Baramulla, Javid Hussain Beigh, he told PTK,” Students demand is genuine but the problem is we are living in a system, where most of the people ignore these buses for having swift and comfort journey in Sumo. This has resulted into failure of bus service in this area”.
“Many times we started bus service in the area, however due to poor response from local people, they (buses) suffered losses and the service snapped itself in this area most of the people prefer to travel through Sumos for their comfort journey, which ultimately results into failure of bus service”, he said.
“Now for the sake of students, we will look once again into it”, he told PTK.
Meanwhile the worst hit student community of this area has appealed authorities to provide bus service and save a future of hundreds of depressed students. (PTK)