Passengers aghast as Traffic Deptt seeks shut down of Taxi Stand No.1

People waiting for cabs at Taxi Stand No. 2 in Lal Chowk on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
People waiting for cabs at Taxi Stand No. 2 in Lal Chowk on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Aug 10: The passengers at the Taxi Stand No.1 in Lal Chowk were today left with nowhere to go after the traffic authorities forced the management of the Taxi Stand to stop operating their cabs from the stand.

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Several people who were supposed to reach their destinations, especially in south Kashmir could not find the cabs as per the routine, causing hardships to them.
One of the members of the management of the taxi stand, Javeed Ahmad said that the traffic department used to seize their cabs for no reason on and off and that they were later made to deposit the fine.
“They have been telling us that they have court orders to seize our vehicles but that is for the cabs that are operating out on roads without having any affiliation with any taxi stand,” he said.
He said that the high-handedness of the traffic authorities prompted them to approach the High Court with an appeal that they are operating from a proper taxi stand and are not indulged in any offense.
“We have been operating here for the last nearly 70 years and what is being done to us is sheer injustice; those cabs that are operating from roads are being penalized and we welcome that,” he said.
He said that if they are adamant to vacate them, then they should be provided with an alternate space.
It is to be noted here that the High Court has made it clear that it has not directed the traffic authorities to vacate the stand; rather, they have been told to take steps to ensure the smooth flow of the traffic in the city center.
“I have been waiting here for the last 3 hours, but the traffic cops are not allowing the cabs to move out; this is uncalled for, ” Showkat Ahmad, one of the passengers who was supposed to reach Tral.