Stranded passengers protest in Jammu, allege ‘loot’ by shopkeepers -
Stranded passengers protest in Jammu, allege ‘loot’ by shopkeepers
Posted 16 Feb 2018 04:34 PM

The Kashmir bound stranded passengers on Thursday staged protest here, demanding resumption of traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which was closed after landslides and fresh snowfall.
Over 200 stranded passengers, alleging ‘loot’ by the shopkeepers in view of road closure while shouting anti-government slogans, staged a protest against the government’s ‘failure’ to restore traffic on the highway.
The passengers staged protest near General Bus Stand, complaining they are taking shelter under open sky while the hoteliers and restaurant owners have illegally hiked the rates. “The hotel and lodges owners are overcharging from us for a single stay besides selling a cup of tea from Rs 10 to Rs 30,” alleged a protestor.
They however, threatened that they will stage protest on the highway, if the traffic movement is not restored immediately.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Hemant Kumar told reporters that he visited the Bus Stand and reviewed the situation.
“I interacted with the passengers and directions have been issued following which over 400 stranded persons were provided meals,” said Kumar adding that four dormitories have also been thrown open for the passengers, especially the families and children to take shelter.
“The State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) has been asked to board the stranded passengers as soon as the National Highway is thrown open for the vehicular movement and as per our knowledge, the road is almost through for the traffic while the process of transporting them will begin soon,” said the Divisional Commissioner.

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