Pattan, Oct 13: At a time when remotest village of JK got transport facility, especially tata sumo services, passengers including students, employees, businessmen
suffers during evening hours as the self styled sumo drivers don’t lift the stranded passengers from Srinagar to different stations on the fixed rates.
State Road Transport Buses disappear before the dusk in Kashmir valley and private buses remains overloaded with the result passengers are left with no option to visit in tata sumo’s but unfortunately they don’t ferry them on the fixed rates which the department concerned has made for them.
Danish a student from Pattan told KNS that, i am getting tuition in Srinagar till late hours and during evening i hardly get a transport facility to reach my home.
I was charged Rs 100 from Srinagar to Pattan whereas actual fair for tata sumo has been fixed Rs 50 even though i told the driver that this is not the actual fair after which he dropped me at Singpore station.
There are scores of students from my adjacent areas who are studying in Srinagar and unfortunately we dont have transport facility till late evening like others have in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities of India, said students.
However the same situation is with government employees, businessmen and other general public who complained that, during evening hours, sumo drivers don’t carry them in their vehicles on the already fixed rates.
Naseema Bano of Kreeri Tapper told KNS over the phone that, being a government working lady i was not picked by sumo drivers from Srinagar to Tapper on the fixed rates of Rs 50 -60 and was charged Rs 100 as fair.
Though due to compulsions i paid it once, but the drivers have made it a daily routine to charge Rs 100 from passengers for different stations and routes.
A group of passengers said that the transport department is in a deep slumber as they many times in recent past made complaints before them, but they have not taken any strict action against these erring drivers. (KNS)