Kashmir turmoil even hits Auto rickshaw operators in Jammu

Balwant Singh Bhau
Even auto rickshaw operators in Jammu are not immune to the ongoing turmoil in Kashmir Valley, which has been triggered after the death of Hizbul commander.
Owing to disturbances in Kashmir Valley, the state tourism industry has been badly affected, wherein people associated with the industry are facing worst days without any customer.
In one instance, the auto rickshaw operators in Jammu are without any customer owing to dearth of tourists. Many of the operaors are seen standing for days without customer outside Jammu railway station, accusing apathy of the government in ensuring peace in the state and revival of tourism in Jammu.
Talking to Newspoint, Ajit Singh, President-Railway Station Auto Union said that “The survival is difficult, as we have no work. The condition today is intolerable, we do not have proper source of income,” he added “We solely depend on this profession for our survival. It is difficult for our families to carry on the daily routine”. He further said that Kashmir issue should be sorted soon. “In the prevailing situation, the tourists which used to visit different spots of Jammu are not coming, owing to which auto operators are living at the mercy of god,” he said and added the government must pump up some solution to the issues of the operators to ensure their livelihood and they are ready to cooperate the government.
The operators stated that if government needs them, they are ready to help. “The condition due to Kashmir unrest has made lives miserable, even government is running in losses. The pilgrimage has been badly affected,” they said.
Another Driver Jugal Sharma said “Amarnath Yatra has been a total flop show because of the defunct administration. There is no system as because of the curfew and bandh calls, no one prefers to visit the state”.

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