Back to Back Lockdown in Kashmir: Drivers Lose Savings and Livelihoods
With imposition of lockdowns one after the other in Kashmir, livelihoods of the drivers have taken a severe hit, as their income hugely depended on the tourists coming to the Valley. The region has been under a lockdown since August 5, 2019, when Article 370 was abrogated by the Centre, and the transport sector has been reeling under the crisis since then, with now COVID-19 putting a damper on any hope of revival of tourism anytime soon. NewsClick spoke with a few drivers who work at the tourist taxi stands in Srinagar about how they are coping with the financial and livelihood loss.
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