Our men on job, norm violators facing law: RTO Kashmir
Srinagar, July 04: The transporters who have resumed their work amid COVID-19 pandemic are taking the passengers for a ride in the Valley.
Pertinently, the Jammu and Kashmir government raised the passenger fare in public transport by 30 per cent.
However, the local passengers from different parts of the Valley told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the Sumo drivers who have resumed their work are charging exorbitant fare to them.
The passengers said that the public transporters have been giving different reasons for charging the exorbitant rates, adding that most of the time fare varies between Rs 20 to Rs 40.
“We can’t deny the fact that transporters have suffered huge losses. But, the public transporters should not compensate their losses by taking the common people on ride,” Ali Muhammad, a local residents from Srinagar said.
It is worth to mention here that the transporters resumed their activities after almost eleven months here. The transporters have suffered huge losses due to the shutdown and subsequent lockdown since August 5, 2019 in Jammu and Kashmir.
The passengers here have appealed the concerned authorities to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Kashmir, Ikramullah Tak told KNO that the complainant (passenger) should at least forward the registration number of the particular transporter so that action will be initiated.
“Our teams on the ground have been taking strict action against the norm violators while driving licenses of many drivers were also seized after they were found violating the norms,” Tak said, adding that any person having a complaint should contact the office directly and action will be taken immediately.
“People can even WhatsApp us their complaints vis-à-vis exorbitant charges,” he said.