JV Exclusive By – Ritika Manhas
With the Chenani-Nashri Tunnel being inaugurated by our Prime Minister Mr Narendera Modi on 2 April 2017 after a long wait of six years, India got its longest road tunnel. The tunnel cut short the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 kilometers. It bypasses avalanche and snow prone areas such as Patnitop, Batote, etc, and has reduced the travel time by two hours.
Despite of this the fare being charged to the passengers remains the same on Jammu/Udhampur to Srinagar and Udhampur to Doda/Kishtwar/Bhaderwah route. Due to the shortening of the distance there has been a rise in the number of commuters but they find it unfair to be charged the old fares for a shorter travel.
The issue has been brought to the notice of the Transport Commisioner by Narinder Kour, President, District Congress [women], Ramban. “The revised bus fares notification is expected to be issued soon,” said Mohammed Salim, ARTO, Ramban.