Jammu, Jun 1; After more than 40 days, the private transporters on Tuesday have decided to resume operations from Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir as the government has started the unlock exercise.
The transporters were off road in protest against the government’s decision to cap the seating capacity at 50 per cent amid surging COVID-19 cases.
Claiming that they have suffered huge losses since August 2019 following revocation of special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, besides the coronavirus-induced lockdown, they have demanded a meeting with the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to sort out their problems.
“To bring the transport industry “back on track”, we have decided to take a decision to cooperate with the government which has given us the permission to ply with 100 per cent capacity in some areas,” All J&K Transport Welfare Association chairman T S Wazir here told reporters.
He said that it is not feasible for the transporters to resume operations with 50 per cent seating capacity as the fuel prices are skyrocketing and the industry is on the receiving end since August 5, 2019.
He said the industry provides a boost to economic activities but has suffered immensely due to back-to-back lockdown situations over the past two years.
“We have no Amarnath yatra, the rush to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine also dropped drastically and the tourism sector received a big blow and is almost finished after August 2019,” he said.
Appealing to the Central Government and the Lt Governor to consider their plight and announce a package for the industry including waiving the passenger tax and interest on the loans, Mr Wazir request the LG Sinha for a direct meeting to listen to their problems so that the train which has derailed can be brought back on its track