All public transport vehicles in J&K will remain off road on Monday in the wake of strike call given by various transport organisations.
Seeking hike in fare of public transport, transport organisations has resolved to observe one-day strike from Lakhnpur to Ladakh.
During the strike, all busses, mini-buses, taxies, auto rickshaws and other public transport vehicles will remain off roads on Monday.
There will be thin attendance in schools, as buses ferrying children too will not ply.
Anil Chopra, senior vice-president All J&K Transport Passenger Welfare Association said: "Private public transport is burned with various taxes/fees. Hike in prices of petroleum products and implementation of Passenger Welfare Fund has adversely hit the transport industry. Since the last hike in passenger fares the price of diesel has gone up by almost Rs 6 and price of petrol has increased by Rs 17. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has also increased the rate of third party insurance from April. The business of transport has become uneconomical. Now, under the prevailing circumstances, there was urgent need to review the fares."
"Yesterday the neighbouring Himachal Pradesh government increased all passenger fares by 30%. We demand 40% hike in public transport fares and increase in freight as well. Despite representations to the government on several occasions, nothing has been done, which has forced transporters to go on strike," he added.
He further warned that if the government failed to take any decision within a week, the transporters would go on an indefinite strike from next week.
"Though on Monday evening we will be holding a meeting of various transport associations to chalk out future course of action," he informed.