Mangaluru: 15 private buses penalised for violating social distancing norms


Mohan Kuthar

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (EP)

Mangaluru, Jun 2: The Naguri traffic police have imposed fine on about 15 private buses near Jeppu, Netravati bridge and near Natekal for plying on the roads with more passengers than permitted and therefore violating precautionary orders.

The district administration had directed bus operators to carry a maximum of between 30-35 passengers, adhere to social distancing norms and wear face masks. Though only a few private buses have begun their operations, it was observed that the buses were crowded during morning hours as well as in the evenings. Traffic police postered near Pumpwell, stopped buses arriving from Thokottu in the morning and fined them for transporting passengers above the permissible limit.

Similarly, police personnel near the Jeppu bridge and Natekal fined about 15 private buses in the evening for the same offence. Highway Patrol 4 and Highway Patrol 6 of Naguri traffic police station have been credited with conducting the operation.

Bus owner left with only Rs 100:

Only a few city buses have begun operations from Talapady to State Bank from June 1. Though the ticket fare is increased by 15 per cent, the numbers of passengers were few. A private bus owner has opined that he might have been left with only Rs 100 after paying wages to the staff and spending for diesel.

 

 

  

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  • Udupi citizen, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Mr. Sunder karithota ... better we should travel ksrtc buses ... if u compare to private bus ksrtc buses r bit cheaper n thier speed limit is fixed.... no fighting with other bus drivers .. they have specific stops.... they dont behave rude with customer's...
    Do u thing these kind of benefits u will get in public buses... instead of this they behave like road r thier own property.. . .

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Most buses run almost empty normally, they can only make a profit during peak hours. So what can they do?

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  • Sundar Karithota, Haleangadi

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Why our govt is deaf on the demand of general public to run KSRTC buses in Mangaluru Udupi route? Why the private bus owners increased 15% in this critical moment of Covid19? What about their profit earned for decades? If they have service motto, they should have compensated their previous profit during the period of this Corona crisis. Govt has to take over this route and start KSRTC buses and Railway facility in the coastal districts.

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  • Jacitha Dsouza, mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    We need a Metro system in Mangalore, buses are very crowded. No room to breathe. People from surathkal and other regions can come to work in Hamankatta. When can we expect our politician to bring this.

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  • Johnny, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Either you allow the private buses or ban them. Social distancing in a eight feet wide bus is unthinkable. ..

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  • J.F D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    The question arises here when Health Minister Sriramululu violates all rules while going in a procession then other people also question this and try to violate everything connected to Corona virus.

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  • Ex Sgt George A. Borromeo, Mangalore, India

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Dear Sir, if any Politician is violating Social Distancing norm it is their and their followers look out. In which way we are infected by their irresonsible act. Let us talk about our situation in Mangalore, specially we are careless people, it is high time Government bring in their Buses.
    Compulsory Institutional quarantining the Bus Drivers and Condoctors who flout social distancing norms for

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  • Homework, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    If at a later date it is found that the passengers of that over crowded bus contracted Covid-19 due to the irresponsibility of the the Bus conductor/Driver in taking more than the stipulated number of passengers, then the Bus owners should be made to bear the hospital expenses of such passengers. When this punishment is made known to them I am sure the Bus owners will strictly implement the district authorities order.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    It's the responsibility of passengers to maintain social distence. It is very difficult for bus owners to control the passengers. If army comes to control passengers also I don't think our bus passengers will improve.

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  • E B Soans, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    All bus owners must be quarantined alongwith coronavirus patients. Then only tget will learn a lesson. Breaking SOP risking public life for money.. Is this justified

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Guess none of your relatives or friends own buses hence your opinion. Please note they are paying huge tax, creating employment and you can not expect them to run charity business!

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  • Udupi citizen, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Sir, with due respect ... I gess u may owner of bus or relative of bus owner ...
    I would like to say ... the roads r not made by these bus owners .. even we too paying road tax ... but we dont behave like road is property of our grand father .. so we cant stop anywhere want , they should respect others aswel... so plzz we never request the bus owner to run charity ... infact Ksrtc bus r much better then private buses. I will glad if government will stop these private buses and they should permit to run KSRTC every where ... those who loose job in private buses they can join ksrtc buses .

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Wish coastal people get jobs in KSRTC....mostly govt jobs are property of North side and in railways its mallus !!

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Greed is still not gone, of the bus owner's, drivers and conductor's, shameless.

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  • Udupi citizen, Udupi

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    Private buses should stop frm now onwards. These private buses dont have specific bus stop ... they can stop any where no one can ask them . Even over speed no precautions .now this lock down they r breaking the rules ... ksrtc buses should take charge ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    Who needs Private Buses ...

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  • Stephen, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    Agreed. Yes it could mean a little difficulty for most of the working class, but if the same people could manage to commute by other means, then why not now? Who needs these private busses which are nothing but chaos, noise and risk on the roads due to their formula 1 racing tactics within city limits. Stop private busses, bring about a change , now is a good time to take a step forward towards cleansing the city from pollution.

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  • Sameer, Saudi

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    People like u may no need... But people who go for work need those who dont have their own vechile they. Need....... U comment is like ur grand son of bil Gates...

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  • PRAVEEN KUMAR, MANGALORE

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    Ksrtc city buses are hardly seen on the roads.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    When Private buses are on the road, then it is very difficult to run KSRTC buses along with them.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    When Private buses are on the road, then it is very difficult to run KSRTC buses along with them.

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  • Stephen, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    Its sad to see how fast the daily numbers are rising in our country of the positive covid cases; also is the case with our neighbouring district. Administration has given permission to resume daily activities ; becoz the living has to continue. But if strict measures are not taken in scampy issues like that as mentioned crowding in the busses which is one of many; it wouldnt be late before we mangalore also top the chart

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  • Stephen, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    District administration has made the safe operating procedures for the busses to run. Now its the duty of the bus owners; inturn the driver and staff and citizens to ensure that these rules are followed. How can the administration keep running behind such care free people while they have otjer things to look into! We people should understand the importance. Police ; they fined the busses. Fair enough. But what are they going to achieve from the fine. These busses and the owners will continue to break the rules tomorrow once again and so on. Instead its better to suspend the licence of such busses and the owners violating the rules ; say for yet another month and thats the way we can enforce a sense of responsibility in evry one

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