Srinagar, May 12: Transporters on Thursday invited attention of the administration to difficulties facing them on account of the non-availability of “Chief Board of Inspection” in the office of Regional Transport Office here.
A delegation of transporters said that from the last 26 days almost 50% of the vehicles are lying non-functional, causing tremendous difficulties to them as well as the commuters.
They said that no fitness is being carried since the last officer assigned the duties was transferred and in absence of any replacement, the transporters are made to suffer a lot.
“First there was Wajahat sahib who was transferred to Ganderbal and then he was replaced by Mubashir Sahib. However, within two days of latter’s appointment he was taken moved out but without making any replacement,” they said, adding, “We are no concerned as to who is assigned the job by the government but our concern is that there is no officer to discharge the duties which has resulted in great injustice to us.”
General Secretary of Transport Welfare Association Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Yousuf said that the government will impose fine and penalties for delay without there being any fault on part of the particular transporter. “It is a great injustice to us. Almost 50% vehicle are lying defunct for want of inspection which has not only affected the daily livelihood of the concerned transporter but as a consequence commuters are facing tremendous hardship as there are lesser number of available on a particular route,” he said and urged the authorities especially Lieutenant governor to depute an officer to function as Chief Board Of Inspection at RTO Kashmir.
“We also urge government to issue instruction not to impose any fine or penalty for the days during which Chief Board of Inspection remained absent.”