Udupi: Private buses keep off roads as govt turns down operators' demands

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (MS)

Udupi, May 10: People who are dependent on private bus operation are in distress ever since public transport was prohibited owing to lockdown over coronavirus outbreak. Even though the government has allowed bus operation in green zones like Udupi, there are seveal challenges facing the bus owners. They have placed several demands in front of the government, but to no avail as of now.

More than 8,000 private buses operate throughout the state. In undivided district of Dakshina Kannada itself there are 2,500 buses. Depending on the seating capacity, each bus owner has to pay an advance road tax of about Rs 50,000 every three months. The government gets Rs 300 crore by way of tax from private bus owners once every three months.

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Nearly 70% of the buses have been surrendered to RTO along with the original documents as the owners could not pay the road tax. Those owners who do not know about surrender are struggling to pay the remaining amount.

Though the buses are not operating, a small salary is being paid to drivers, conductors and cleaners. The owners are paying this to the employees.

As the buses are not operating for the past two months, many technical difficulties have cropped up in vehicles. Bus owners say that at least Rs 30,000 is required for each bus to make it fit to run again on the roads.

The government has given the go-ahead to start bus service in green zone areas of the state. However, the owners of private buses are not ready to start operations as per the guidelines of the government. The owners opine that the implementation of conditions of government like only 50% of allotted passengers should be taken in every trip, no increase in journey fare, sanitization of the buses and providing masks to the passengers are difficult to abide with.

The owners demand that the journey fare should be increased by at least 50% and insurance period should be extended by two months. They alslo demand rebate in toll gate fee for at least three months. But the government is not agreeing to all the demands.

It is said that in the meeting that was held with the transport commissioner at Bengaluru on Friday instructions were given to revised fare that will be applicable for three months. However, the private bus owners are waiting for another week for the lockdown to open so that they can start operations.

Rajaverma Ballal, owner of Canara Bus Owners' Association says, "It is not possible to run buses as per the rules set by the government. We will start operation only if our demands are met. Otherwise the buses will play only after the lockdown is lifted."

Sadananda Chatra, a private bus owners says, "Even if the government agrees to our demands, it is not possible to get all buses on road. Even if the fare is hiked by 50% it is not possible to run the buses in the timings like before. Till the rule of just 50% passenger capacity is there, it is not possible to start operations."



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  • Mohith, Mangalaore

    Mon, May 11 2020

    This is the best time for Govt. to take over private buses from road and inject KSRTC buses throughout Karnataka. Employment should be given to the existing Driver's and conductors on all those buses govt. is willing to take over and completely ban private bus operations for general public.
    Jai Hind.

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  • Jeetendra hegde, Mumbai

    Mon, May 11 2020

    Big joke...travel the area where your government overtook transport system and advice. After bhatkal people moving one place other like chickens in tempos and by whatever means. Due due private operators DK and udupi districts has good travel options.

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  • Desmond, Mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    If you let the government take over the busses be prepared to pay tariffs like youbsee in your electricity bill,
    Enjoy....no one to question them

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  • Desmond, Mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Government owned airplanes charge double because of the 50% occupancy rule....y r they controlling private owned public transport then?

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    This is the right time to stop nuisance of private bus operators..The State govt should setup a grand nodal KSRTC center at Udupi or Mangalore

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    This is the right time for Government and administration to run KSRTC buses. Government make arrangements to run private buses under their operation like in Delhi, DTC buses . Everything will be smooth. Passengers are fed up with Private buses.

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Please Start KSRTC buses. Private buses are scary . Good time to stop them permanently.

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  • smr, Karkala

    Sun, May 10 2020

    The BJP's center government in state and central has done nothing for the citizens of India accept imposing the lock-down for three times with just four hours notice.

    From the migrant workers, small and medium scale industries, retail business, transport are the worst suffered.

    Since Modi Came to Power Banks Wrote Off Rs 6,60,000 Crore Worth Bad Loans. In addition to that more than 8 states elected government has toppled using 'operation Kamala'.

    The government priority seems to 'Liquor' first. It is better to rename 'PM Care' as 'I Don't care' since there are no strategy exist to the suffering of the citizens of India.

    Jai Hind

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Buses are the worst transmitters of covid 19, private buses will overload passengers things can go wrong. and everybody knows the how pvt buses operate the rudeness of crew members, over speeding etc. I hope govt buses must be allowed to operate and end this pvt bus forever

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Its best not to resume any public transport anytime soon as people, old & young will come in close contact in these compact/dingy buses & thus enable fast transmission of the virus especially since it seems to be raising it's head again from different spots which were thought to be cleaned out!!

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    The bus owners are not the only one to suffer losses. The whole world is suffering. These bus owners never complain whey they hike the fares during the season. They charge as per their whims and fancies. I am talking about services to Bangalore and Bombay. The government should not let them have their way but should put their foot down and ultimately the bus owners will fall in line. It is unfair to impose more burden on the public.

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  • Pradeep, Mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Agree Vishal.

    I own fleet of trucks that too were idle for 50 days. Went through all the hassle while restarting them and the freight movement is also significantly low compared to previous years. For everything, we can't ask Govt, we have also made profits when business was booming and we did not share the profits with govt and during these time we cant ask govt to bail us out.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, May 10 2020

    KSRTC can run these buses ...

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  • Hamdan, Udupi / Dubai

    Sun, May 10 2020

    When a wine shops can open.....then why not buses are allowed to run.

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  • Manoj B, mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Sad part of this news. Government should not charge the tax for this none moving Vehicles at least up to December .in UAE There are most of the Government Fees are suspended up to December including toll gate free.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    Government should also not charge tax and excise duty for alcohol. People have no income and salary due to lockdown, why shoud they pay taxes on liquor?

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