A large number of commuters including females and old aged people could be seen stranded from Shergari Police Station to Children’s’ Park in evenings, hoping to get a public transport vehicle to carry to them to their destination on Nowgam-Kanipora road.
The commuters are also confused whether the public transport, if it may, will come by main road or via sports stadium link lane.
“So that, I don’t miss the mini-bus or sumo, I have to be on my heels all the time between this 500 meter patch,” said Shahida Lone, a regular commuter, who lives at Kanipora.
For nearly a month, evening transport has worsened on this route as there is no fixed stand where a commuter can expect any transport.
It seems there is no one overseeing these transport operators who shut their transport business when they like putting commuters to endless sufferings at evening time when everyone wants to reach home.
The blockage of road at Budshah Nagar has further compounded the problem for the commuters.
For nearly a month now, R&B has been digging a drain on the sideways of the road but the whole road had collapsed, after which vehicles are diverted via Chanapora.
Those who work in private offices have to leave their offices early otherwise they have to walk by foot these 7 kms.
“Normally, my duty ends up at 7 pm but from the last few days, I leave at 6 pm but still it is very hard to find any transport,” said Irfan Ahmad, working in a private organization.
RTO Kashmir, Mehmood Shah said, “I will look into this Nowgam-Kanipora case; why transport gets off the roads early evening.”
Talking to Rising Kashmir, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Samoon acknowledged that State Road Transport Corporation has become defunct.
He said: “Yes, there is a problem with evening transport in the city. Few years before we had started Radio taxi and maybe we will re-start that.”
About “free evening transport” which was announced in recent past by the government and divisional commissioner, he replied it will still take two more weeks.