Transporters charging exorbitant fare in Kupwara, allege passengers

Wasim Majnoon Mir

Kupwara, Sep 16 (KNS): The transporters who have resumed their work amid COVID-19 pandemic are taking the passengers for a ride in this frontier district Kupwara.
Sumo and other Cab drivers of Kupwara District are charging exorbitant fare from the passengers, alleged local residents.
As per the COVID 19 guidelines issued by the Govt they have to fill only 50% seats as that of existing capacity and have to charge extra fare, but in gross violation of the Govt order the sumo drivers fill the all seats and not only this they over crowd the seats than the normal capacity and charge the double of the fare.
“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 rides,” residents of Kupwara said.
“Few days before ARTO Kupwara checked the violation at Various spots of Kupwara for a day but later on the sumo drivers started to charge as per their will by not obliging the Govt order,” they said.
Residents of Kupwara and its adjacent areas have demanded that strict action should be taken against sumo drivers of Kupwara.
Residents requested the DC Kupwara, SSP Kupwara and ARTO Kupwara to look into the matter and take strict action against them.(KNS)

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