With the downfall of the tourism sector in J&K due to the Corona pandemic, the transport operators are facing an economic crisis. According to the Katra Taxi Union, no driver has taken out his car from parking for the past 9 months.
While talking to the media the head of Katra Taxi Union said “the transport operators are worst affected by the pandemic. Earlier we hoped that we would get some relief from the government after PM Modi announced a 20 lakh crores package but it’s been 9 months but we haven’t received any amount. Not even a single person of administration came to enquire about the problems faced by us. Our whole business depends upon the yatra of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi but this year a very few devotees came to Katra. Now it’s becoming very hard for us to enjoy meals 2 times a day”.
A member of the taxi union said ” we have faith that Maa Durga will hear our prayers and again this place gets crowded with thousands of visitors. We request the J&K Government to make proper arrangements so that more and more tourists arrive in Katra”. “We don’t hope that any tourists will come this year as trains are canceled and the Lakhanpur border is closed”, another member said.
Many taxi drivers complained that higher officials have made their dictatorship in J&K which will slowly put an end to tourism in UT.