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Transporters’ Strike Ends as Divisional Commissioner Assures Withdrawal of E-Buses from Long Routes

Jammu, 28-03-2024 : The transporters have ended their strike following assurances from the Divisional Commissioner, despite heavy transport remaining off the roads today due to the ongoing partial disruption of normal life in the district. One of the major demands of the transporters, regarding the withdrawal of e-buses from long routes, has been accepted by the Divisional Commissioner Jammu, leading to the cessation of the protest.

However, throughout the day, the limited availability of e-buses on city roads, along with autos and other modes of transport, caused inconvenience to passengers, particularly students, government, and private employees commuting to schools, offices, and other destinations.

Earlier, a meeting between CEO Jammu Smart City Limited, Rahul Yadav, and the Transport Association had ended without resolution, with the transporters feeling that their concerns were not adequately addressed. They alleged that CEO Rahul Yadav left the meeting without addressing their grievances, leading to frustration and protests at the Ware House Jammu, where slogans condemning the perceived neglect were chanted.

During the protest, a transporter emphasized that discussions with Jammu Smart City Limited and the Transport Department over the past four months regarding e-bus operations had not yielded favorable outcomes, with e-buses being introduced on long routes without consulting Transport Associations.

Another union leader expressed disappointment with CEO Rahul Yadav’s behavior, accusing him of disregarding the transporters’ concerns and taking them for granted.

Subsequently, Union leaders met with Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, to present their demands. Ajit Singh, Chairman of the All J&K Transport Welfare Association, stated that the Divisional Commissioner patiently listened to their grievances and promptly ordered the withdrawal of e-buses from new routes. He also assured that other issues raised by the Association would be addressed by Saturday.

Following the Divisional Commissioner’s assurances, the transporters have called off their strike, with Singh expressing hope that the remaining concerns of the Association will also be resolved expeditiously.