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Cab service to Durpora village stopped as residents protest fare increase

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Shopian, Jan 03: Residents of Durapora village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district are aghast over the fare hike on Frisal-Chitragam route.

Locals here told Kashmir Images that they are being charged 15 rupees for a distance of just 3 Kms, while as the passengers travelling on Frisal-Raripora route which is almost 6 kms are charged only 10 rupees.

"We staged a protest against the unannounced increase in the transport fare on Frisal-Chitragam and on the very next day, the cab service on this route was stopped due to which the commuters are facing hardships,” they added.

President Sumo Stand Frisal, Nazir Ahmad, said: “The road to Durpora village is hilly and its condition is very bad. We cannot afford to run the cab service at a lower fare, if people are ready to pay a fare of 15 rupees, only then we are ready to ply our cabs on Frisal-Chitragam route, otherwise the cab service will remain suspended.”

When contacted ARTO Kulgam said: “I will look into the matter and find a way forward in this regard.”

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