Kargil transporters and hoteliers demands two-way traffic on NH-1
VoL Desk, May 06: The recent insolvency of Go AIR Company has badly affected the tourism industry and daily hotels in UT Ladakh, stated President of All Kargil Tour and Travels Association Kargil, Mohd Ali Rangyoul during a joint press conference.
The members of All Kargil Transport Association requested the LG Ladakh, Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Ladakh, DC Kargil, and Ganderbal to revoke the one-way traffic system on the Kargil Srinagar Road.
The trade is being further affected by the one-way traffic system, and they suggested starting two-way traffic for two hours in the morning for traffic from Kargil and for two hours in the evening for traffic from Srinagar. This will help revive the dying tourism sector and save other businesses.
Zaheer Ahmad Bagh, General Secretary, stated that the tourism sector deals with a perishable business, which, if affected, will ruin a day’s business. The traffic system is affecting the main industry of Ladakh UT, and hotels and other businesses are not profitable due to the alternate day business.
Although the business is only for six months, they are not receiving any relief on payment of interest and other dues, which is a sorry state. Moreover, the insolvency of Go AIR Company has affected 1500 passengers daily, directly impacting the business in Ladakh.
Mohd Ibrahim of All Kargil Transport Association requested the LG Ladakh and LG J&K to redress the issue of one-way traffic and the alleged unnecessary harassment by traffic police stationed at Sonamarg towards taxis, passengers, and tourists of Ladakh.