Passenger buses and other commercial vehicles remained off the roads in Jammu and Kashmir, throwing normal life out of gear for the third day on Wednesday in response to a strike called by private transporters demanding 50 per cent increase in fares.
Over one lakh Vaishnodevi pilgrims were stranded in Jammu awaiting to return to their homes in different parts of the country.
The state-run Road Transport Corporation vehicles pressed into service, since the beginning of the strike, proved insufficient to cater to the needs of the commuters.
Also, the attendance in most of the government offices and public sector undertakings was thin for the last three days due to non-availability of sufficient transport in the city.
Some of the three-wheelers which defied the strike were stopped by fellow transporters at many places in Srinagar sparking scuffles between pro-strikers and their opponents.
AJKTWA had given indefinite strike call from June 9 demanding an increase in fare and freight rates in the state in view of increase in petroleum products.
Association president T S Wazir said that Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, had approached them to hold talks to dissolve the issue but the association rejected the offer because the Commissioner is not the competent authority to take any decision with regard to hike in the fares.