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Buses away on election duty add to commuters’ woes in north kashmir 

Buses away on election duty add to commuters’ woes in north kashmir 
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Srinagar : Commuters on Tuesday faced acute shortage of passenger vehicles after hundreds of buses have been taken away on election duty in trio north Kashmir districts.
The students, employees and other passengers were in a rush to hire public transport vehicles, two days before the polling day.
“As I normally use local bus to go to my office, this sudden decrease in number of buses has put people like me in deep crisis. On Tuesday, I had to struggle to sufficient spaces even to stand on the buses I boarded,” said Mansoor Ahmad, a resident of Delina, Baramulla.
A transporter Shakeel Ahmad said that the candidates had also hired many vehicles, especially the pickup and other small vans for election duty in respective areas.
In trio north Kashmir districts ( Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara) , commuters faced numerous problems because the public transport vehicles were either ‘hired’ by police for the election duty or they were on duty with various contesting candidates.
Though hundreds of buses are registered with the district transport office in Baramulla, majority of these buses are on election duty. A top official of the transport department said the commuter woes will continue till the elections.
When contacted Deputy Commissioner (DC) Baramulla, G N Itoo, he didn’t received the phone call of this reporter, despite many attempts.

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