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Transport Union appeals govt to provide basic amenities to stranded drivers
1/15/2021 11:00:05 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 15: All Jammu and Kashmir Oil & LPG Tank Truck Drivers & Cleaners Union, the representative body of drivers that carries essential petroleum products including diesel, petroleum, LPG and ATF today while addressing a press conference here in Jammu have expressed its serious concern over the Jammu-Srinagar national highway blockade due to damage of the road after bad weather.
Ranjit Singh Raina, the president along with S Harasis Singh, spokesperson of the union while addressing the media person urged the Jammu and Kashmir government to treat the stranded drivers and cleaners of the commercial vehicles especially the goods carrier vehicles as "humans".
The Union leaders alleged that the drivers and other crew of the stranded vehicles are trapped on road for over a week now but the local administration and government not providing them any assistance.
The Union president blamed the incompetence of the officers of the National Highway Authority of India, NHAI for its failure in restoration of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
Harasis Singh, said that NHAI charges hefty toll fees from all vehicles on the name of maintaining roads and construction of new Highways but in the instance case of Jammu-Srinagar they have been exposed completely.
He asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to direct the respective Deputy Commissioners of the district to provide basic facilities to the stranded drivers and crew including, food, warm clothes communication facility, shelter, toilet facility and medical aid.
They said the drivers and cleaners of trucks, tankers and other commercial vehicles are also human beings and citizens thus they too deserve the humane treatment from the government but unfortunately the government officers treat them like lesser human beings.
The Union demanded special National Highway Control Rooms and facility centers of the government for the drivers and cleaners of the tankers trucks and other vehicles carrying essential goods including Petrol, Diesel and LPG . They said that at Jammu-Srinagar National Highway these special facility centers should be established at Jhajjar Kotli in Jammu, Udhampur, Near Nashri Tunnel both sides, both sides of Jawahar Tunnel, Banihal, Kulgam and in Anantnag districts.
The union leaders also hinted that if the government does not pay heed to their genuine demands they may be compelled to come on roads.
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