Batamaloo traders, transporters protest against shifting of GBS

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By Fast Kashmir on 04/10/2017.

Batamaloo traders, transporters protest against shifting of GBS

‘Will take extreme step if demands not fulfilled’

Srinagar, Oct 03: The traders as well as the transporters of General Bus Stand (GBS) Batamaloo on Tuesday held a sit-in at Srinagar’s Pratap Park to protest the shifting of GBS Batamaloo to Parimpora.
The protesters assembled at Pratap Park and chanted slogans against the government. They were demanding authorities to re-shift the bus stand.
Manzoor Ahmad, one among the protesters said that the ‘callous attitude’ of authorities towards the traders and transporters here has resulted into the sufferings of hundreds of families. “The government is pushing us towards starvation by ignoring our plights. We have not earned even a single penny since the authorities have shifted the bus stand to Parimpora,” he said.
He said that they went from pillar to post to seek justice but unfortunately none from the administration bother to look into the demands of traders and transporters. “The government should take immediate steps so that we (traders and transporters) could feel a sigh of relief,” he said.

 Pic by,  Shah Jehangir/FK 

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Ahmad also said that the Parimpora bus stand doesn’t sans capacity to accommodate all the buses to be shifted from the Batamaloo GBS.
“The total land at GBS Batamaloo is 175 Kanals whereas the total land at Parimpora is 57 Kanals, which is not enough to accommodate all the buses there. GBS Batamaloo has capacity to accommodate at least 1500 buses while as the Parimpora has capacity to accommodate 200 buses only,” the transporters said.
They also said that the government is pushing hundreds of traders and transporters towards starvation. “We are protesting against the government decision from past 19 days but unfortunately no one from the administration bothered to look into the demands of traders and transporters,” they said.
“The shifting of GBS Batamaloo to Parimpora has resulted in the hardships to the general public including the transporters here,” he said, adding that the government with their callous approach are forcing them to take streets.
They also threatened to take extreme step in case the government fails to fulfil their demands. (KNS)