No buses in Udupi district at least for a week

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, May 12: Even though the district has achieved the milestone of being in the green zone, confusion over introducing government or private bus services continues. At a time when private bus owners seem to have climbed down from their earlier stand and expressed preparedness to run buses with 50 percent capacity, the district administration has put off a decision on the issue by a week.

Coastal Bus Owners Association president Raghavendra Bhat, has told the district administration that they are prepared to operate the buses duly conforming to specifications of the government. He has said that the bus owners are agreeable to meet rules like running buses at 50 percent passenger capacity, rules about sanitizing the bus before every trip etc. He says that the members of his association will begin to run the buses within a day after the district administration gives its nod. He however said that all passengers will be charged full and no one would be extended pass facility.

Udupi bus stand (file photo)

Bhat said that under his association, over 80 services and express buses operate and these buses mainly move between Udupi, Kundapur, Karkala and Hebri. "Around 350 to 400 drivers and conductors depend on these buses for a living. Our association members are ready to use sanitizer in the bus, compulsory wearing of masks by the staff, allowing only those passengers wearing masks inside buses etc. We hope that the district administration will examine the association's claim and permit us to run the buses," he stated.

Deputy commissioner of the district G Jagadeesha, said that a decision on running the buses would be taken after a week after holding discussions on the issue of permitting KSRTC and private bus operators to begin bus services He said he has not so far come across the request of Coastal Bus Owners Association. He said he will talk to regional transport officer and officials and examine the issue further.





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  • ManojB, Mangalore

    Wed, May 13 2020

    Dear my brothers and sisters Careful when your ridding two wheeler or 4 Wheeler on the road because none movement of private Buses KSRTC Bus they drive like crazy on the road

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, May 12 2020

    With news reports of fresh CORONA outbreaks in South Korea & China, it would be a very risky proposition to resume mass public transport, especially pvt buses who are notorious for breaking every rule!!

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  • Lawrence Lobo, Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    If private buses are not operating KSRTC can start service. Why district administration depend on private buses. ?.

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  • anurup kotian, Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Goverment buses will atleast not compete with each issue of overspeeding will not arise..

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Old habits die hard; these pvt busses will be back to their original behaviour in no time, after all they have a clout & their only intention is to mint money!

    The early resumption of mass public transport carries a high risk of "igniting some latent infections" in children & old thus creating further panic!

    Above is a very personal opinion only!

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  • Nikhil, Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    If you are not happy with private bus travel by ksrtc bus. Options available.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Why our Government is not nationalising city buses??? Because of lockdown citizens have fed up at home. They can't utilize the lockdown relaxation time.They are ready to maintain the social distence. But if the government take over the bus operations, all will be happy. End this private bus owners monopoly. DC,RTO, and our representatives must give justice to bus passengers.

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  • Roshan, Udupi

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Can you ensure locals will be employed ? No, not even 10% will be employed, all ghattadha imports will join as crew,

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  • Jacy, mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    With all due respect to your opinion, Is it the birth right of the local bus lobby owner to put “MONEY First “ and “Safety/Life Last” of the locals . As i said, i am not against private buses as long as “Safety/Life First” and do not over speed to compete with each other putting customer life at risk.

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  • Jacy, mangalore

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Very true, they should only permit ksrtc buses with strict covid19 measures in place. Right time to stop the private bus lobby and start more govt buses. As they create terror by overspending specially Express buses. One has to surrender the life into gods hand before boarding and if reached destination safely then first Thank God for saving your life. I am not against any buses as long as they operate considering safety of the customer first. The word" safety" itself is alien in private bus regulations only money matters.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, May 12 2020

    Can they promise to drive below 60 Kmph ...

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