Gujjar agitation disrupts traffic between Agra, Jaipur

May 25th, 2008 - 2:56 pm ICT by admin  


Agra, May 25 (IANS) The Gujjar agitation has disrupted the traffic movement between Agra in Uttar Pradesh and Jaipur in Rajasthan leading to hundreds of tourists being held up here. Hundreds of tourists and pilgrims wanting to visit Rajasthan are held up at Mathura, Firozabad and various stations or bus stands here.

“There is total chaos as the transport system has gone haywire. Nobody here knows when traffic would be resumed and we would be able to get to our destinations,” said Rakesh Kumar, a passenger waiting at Idgah bus stand of Agra, wanting to reach Jaipur for a family function.

“Tourism in the golden triangle (Agra, Jaipur and Delhi) has been badly hit,” says Rakesh Chauhan, president of the Agra Hotels and Restaurants Association.

In Agra, some tehsils bordering Rajasthan, with a sizeable Gujjar population, have shown signs of unrest, a local Gujjar leader said.

Traffic movement between Agra and Jaipur has been disrupted. Roadways buses are not going beyond Bharatpur and foreign tourists have returned to Delhi cancelling trips to Jaipur for the moment.

Scores of trains have been diverted from Agra and Mathura. Over a dozen goods trains with perishable commodities are stranded on the western route.

Saturday afternoon, the police used force to disperse agitating crowd at Mathura.

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