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Bad weather brings fortune for travel agents, drivers in Banihal
1/10/2017 11:20:37 PM
Early Times Report

Banihal, Jan 10: The bad weather conditions and opening of Jammu Srinagar national has brought fortunes for the private transport agents, light motor vehicle drivers and their owners as they are charging double rate of fare from the passengers at Railway Station Banihal in district Ramban.
Some Jammu bound passenger alleged that travel agents and LMV drivers are charging them rupees 1000 to 1400 per passenger instead of rupees 500 to 600 from Railway Station Banihal to Jammu during the bad weather conditions. They said that same is the condition at Srinagar, they said that during the winters and especially in bad weather conditions to take the benefit of helplessness of passengers the travel agents and drivers are charging them the double rate of fixed fare. Javeed Ahmed a passenger with family from Srinagar said that he reached Banihal by train from Srinagar to go for Jammu and when he confirmed the rate from the travel agent up to Jammu he demanded rupees 1000 as fare charges per passenger . He said that he had come here from this hope that there is less fare charges from Banihal and he can save some amount but he found the rates are maximum. I reached railway station Banihal on last Sunday 4th of January to get a vehicle for Jammu but a Xylo driver and travel agent demanded him to
pay rupees 800 as fare charges up to Jammu then I got a SRTC bus and paid rupees 195 as fare charges to them up to Jammu said one more local passenger Altaf Ahmed bhat. Passengers alleged that no one is questioning travel agents and drivers about the hike of fare rates and they are taking benefits from the helpless passengers. They said that same is the condition in Srinagar during the winters and in Jammu during the summers. They said that these agents are hiking the rates without any permission and the concerned departments are not taking any action against the violators.
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