Siliguri, June 29: The business in North Bengal is facing difficulty due to the Darjeeling unrest. It is tough for traders to run their business properly in the area amidst such violence. Siliguri-based transporters and drivers have demanded tax waiver due to this reason. As local media reported, they have already submitted memorandums to the regional transport officer and the Siliguri subdivisional officer.
An indefinite shutdown has literally shut down the normal life in the area. The transporters now want normalcy in the area. It has become much difficult for them to run vehicles to Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and other areas of the hills. Even on the way to Skim, the drivers are being intimated by Strike supporters.
The vehicles which run between the hill and plain area are mostly financed by banks and other lenders. Now as their income has decreased, drivers and transporters don’t know how to pay installments. Along with that, the salaries for drivers and maintenance cost are also bothering them. So for next one-quarter, they want a temporary waiver of tax.
The temporary waiver can bring them some relief. An official of Darjeeling district administration said that the memorandum will be forwarded to the state government. He mentioned that like transporters many stakeholders are facing the same problem. So they are currently unable to comment on the issue.