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Off Road for 10 Months, Buses in Kashmir Being Sold to Junk Dealers

Off Road for 10 Months, Buses in Kashmir Being Sold to Junk Dealers

Thousands of private buses have been off road in Kashmir for more than 10 months, forcing their owners to dismantle them and sell the parts to junk dealers to meet their daily needs.

The transport sector has been badly hit in Kashmir since the region was stripped of its autonomy last August. The Government of India’s decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution was followed by a prolonged curfew, and then the region was put under a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parked for months, the rusted buses are no longer of any use to their owners, many of who are doing manual labour to feed their families. Some are using their buses to sell fruits and vegetables.

StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.

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