Transporters across the state would observe a strike on June
12 (Wednesday) against levying of toll tax on the Jammu-Srinagar national
highway and the recent government order asking them to install hi-tech systems
such as vehicle location tracking devices and panic button in the vehicles.
General Secretary Kashmir Transporters Welfare Association
Sheikh Muhammd Yusuf told Greater Kashmir that the strike, which will also be
observed to press for demands like speedy verification of documents, will also
be held by the Jammu transporters.
“Heavy toll charges (Rs 285) for a bus on national highway
is a burden. Transport sector has been suffering huge losses in the Valley and
now administration wants us to install hi-tech gadgets in our vehicles which
costs almost Rs 20,000. It is a burden on us,” Yusuf said.
He said that the transporters have decided to go for a day
long token strike and that if demands are not met they will intensify the stir
and go for indefinite chakka-jam strike.
He said that buses, Sumos, auto rickshaws and all other
commercial vehicles will observe the strike on June 12.