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.