Aaqib Naik

Commuters in Kulgam district oppose hike in public transport fare

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Kulgam, September 11: Daily commuters in Kulgam district have expressed their anguish against the authorities for enhancing the public transport fare.

Locals here said that authorities have increased the public transport fare for some selected routes only, while as the fare of other routes including Manzgam to Kulgam, Aherbal route and Frisal to chitragam route remain unchanged.

“If the transport department was supposed to hike the fare, they should have at least issued a formal order in the interest of public,” they added.

Residents who fall commute on Frisal to Chitragam route said, “If the registered fare, for travelling in a sumo, for 4 kms is only 10 rupees how come the drivers charge 15 rupees. We strongly oppose this increase in fare.”

When contacted ARTO Kulgam he said, “The hike in public transport fare in Kulgam district is the decision of government which got implemented from 21 August, 2018 and this hike is not for all routes.”

“The decision was taken by Governor of the state, if the general public wants to update themselves about the latest fare hike, they should visit the state transport website,” he added.

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