Pvt buses assn demands more permits to ply buses
At a time when the Manohar Lal Khattar Government is at loggerheads with State roadways employees’ unions over the transport policy, the private bus operators on Monday warned to approach the Court if the State Government fails to give permits to them under its new proposed State carriage scheme.
Alleging that the Haryana Government is succumbing to pressure due to recent roadways employees’ strike, the private bus operators in Haryana on Monday demanded that the State Government should bring new routes under its new state carriage scheme, in addition to existing 273 routes for private operators, in public interest but not in the interest of so-called Haryana Roadways Unions.
Haryana co-op Transport Society Welfare Association, state president Sunil Kumar while talking to the mediapersons here said that our existing 273 routes should be kept intact in the new proposed draft scheme which is being brought under the pressure of roadways unions. The private bus operators have been issued permits upto the year of 2022 and thus, we have invested lakhs of rupees in each bus, said he.
Various roadways employees’ unions in the state are at loggerheads with Haryana Government over the issue of giving permits to private bus operators.
Expressing their resentment over the issue, the roadways unions had observed one-day strike on last Tuesday across the State, which caused inconvenience to lakhs of commuters besides loss of crores of rupees to the state exchequer. In April also, the roadways unions had observed four days strike on the same issue.
Sunil Kumar alleged that more than 10000 unauthorized vehicles in the name of maxi-cabs are plying in state without any permit or authorization in collusion with the so-called union members of the Haryana Roadways and even many unauthorized vehicles are claimed to be owned by the near and dears of the roadways union staff.
Having interest in the illegal operation of maxi-cabs, these roadways unions are opposing our buses due to their financial interest even at the cost of providing efficient transport service to the public of the state, he said
Given the present scenario, we are left with no other option but to approach High Court in contempt proceedings for issuance of direction for non adherance of orders of the Court on state carriage scheme, he added.
The association of private bus operators also stated that there is a huge shortage of transport buses with Haryana Roadways and against demand of 13000 buses, only 4200 buses are owned by the Haryana Roadways and around 800 buses are being plied by cooperative transport society.
Notably, Haryana Government has decided to provide permits to private operators on 450 routes in its new transport policy.
In the past, multiple rounds of talks have been held between the State Government, state roadways representatives and private bus owners to break the deadlock over the issuance of permits to private operators, but they have failed to yield positive results.
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