Transporters Strike Again: Fuel Hike Paralyses Life In Kashmir

9 June 2008

Srinagar: The transporters in Kashmir went on a four day strike to protest the recent increase in fuel prices. All modes of public transport remained off the roads in the summer capital Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir. The people have had to face a lot of inconvenience due to the strike. They found it difficult to reach their destinations and all walks of life have been affected by the strike of the transporters. Hundreds of vehicles were parked at different bus stands in Kashmir. Even the taxis were off the roads. According to estimates, more than 72,000 commercial vehicles went off the roads causing inconvenience to commuters. The strike call was given by All Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association (AKTWA) in protest against the steep hike in diesel, petrol and other petroleum products by the Indian government. Demanding immediate hike in the fare, the transporters demanded that the Kashmir government should restore subsidy on all petroleum products which had affected the common people. Due to the strike, the tourists too were confined to their hotels and houseboats. They could not visit the picnic spots due to the strike.