Udupi: 20% increase in fare required to run private buses in twin districts


Harshini Brahmavar

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (MS)

Udupi, Jun 19: It is a month and half since the Covid second wave related lockdown was declared in the state. Most of the businessmen and commoners are looking forward to the second phase of unlocking eagerly to see which sectors will be given permission to start operations.

Public of twin districts are expecting the green signal for private buses to operate. Apart from undivided DK district, Shivamogga and Tumakuru also are dominated by the private bus industry. Private buses have a history of around 106 years. Restricted permission is already given for BMTC rural buses to operate. However, other districts are still waiting for permission to start bus transport.

 

The buses which are kept in the garage after the second lockdown started have branches of plants growing on them. The roofs of some buses are leaking due to incessant rains. Engines are also stalled and it will be an issue while restarting them. It will cost at least one and half lac rupees to get each bus ready for operation once the unlock process begins and a green signal is given for the buses to start operating.

There are 15,000 private buses operating in Karnataka. In the undivided district of Dakshina Kannada there are 2,800 buses. Members of 11,200 families directly or indirectly depend on these buses for their livelihood. Except the bus owners, who have helped their employees, the state government has not declared any financial package for this sector. The buses which were surrendered to RTO last year during the first lock down are still lying with the department. The second wave lockdown has added more problems to the private bus industry.

Only if the bus fares are increased by 20% it is possible to operate the private buses. Fuel prices are also increasing day by day. There is a possibility that the students’ concession which the private buses are offering will be cancelled.

Competition between private and government buses is always there in the undivided district of DK. The government buses can operate with 50% passenger capacity also. But who will bear the loss that is incurred by private bus owners?

As of now rural areas of Udupi district do not have any government bus transport facility. Only some private bus owners are operating.

Throwing more light on the plight of private bus owners and employees, treasurer of private bus owners’ association Suresh Kuilady said, “Covid guidelines are hampering the operation of private buses in the district. If the 50% seat capacity is followed as per the Covid guidelines, bus owners will suffer huge losses. Diesel has already reached a cost of Rs 96 per litre. So it is not possible to start operating the buses even if the administration gives us permission.

“Already an appeal is made to the concerned department to waive interest on loan for two years and give exemption from paying road and income taxes. Our operations will start once the government responds to our demands. The government buses get grants from the state government. However, private buses do not have that facility. So I request the union government to provide us with a Rs two lac loan without interest for 24 months.

“The appeal sent to the government has main points like exempt the stage carriage bus owners from paying income tax, for the financial year March 2021-March 2023, direct the RBI to issue loan moratorium period up to 24 months and defer the payment of EMI till such date without imposing compound interest, and issue guidelines from the RBI to all the banks in this regard and direct the Karnataka government to exempt road tax for a period of at least one year without any pre conditions and clauses.

“Earlier, we paid royalty from our association. We have also provided bus passes for the convenience of the public. We do not want the state government to reimburse these things to us. But let them waive three months of income tax for us. Bus industry has totally collapsed. The life of countless families, who depend directly or indirectly on this industry is devastated.

“As much as 30% of private buses which were surrendered to the RTO in April 2020 have still not started operating. Another challenge is that nearly 20% of passengers have bought personal vehicles after the lockdown. So the average number of passengers in our buses is reduced considerably,” he said.

RTO G P Gagadhar said, “The RTO will start public service, under Covid guidelines from June 21. Some services can be obtained under e-portal. In the district of Udupi 545 private bus drivers, conductors and staff have got vaccinated from June 11 to 18. They can drive and work on the public transport buses.”

The public wishes that the district administration should show more interest in resolving the issues faced by the private bus operators of the district, which is the lifeline of transport for commoners.

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Manu, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    I know a clerk in a private school who used to come in his two wheeler. He is the BEST EXAMPLE of andh bhakth. Always keeps praising modi. When prices reached 80 he said, even if it reaches 100 rupees we need to pay because it's used for development. Few days back petrol reached 99.12 in Udupi and this man came in a cycle. Now he is preaching to everyone in school that we shouldn't crib about high petrol prices but think of alternatives like cycle. I don't have to explain further how blind these people are and reminds me of a saying "Jatti Jaari Bidru Meese MannaagaLilla". Modi has literally brought this bhakth from a two wheeler to a cycle. SHAME ON YOU BHAKTHS! Now I am sure they will say cycling is good for health.

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  • Manu, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    I know a clerk in a private school who used to come in his two wheeler. He is the BEST EXAMPLE of andh bhakth. Always keeps praising modi. When prices reached 80 he said, even if it reaches 100 rupees we need to pay because it's used for development. Few days back petrol reached 99.12 in Udupi and this man came in a cycle. Now he is preaching to everyone in school that we shouldn't crib about high petrol prices but think of alternatives like cycle. I don't have to explain further how blind these people are and reminds me of a saying "Jatti Jaari Bidru Meese MannaagaLilla". Modi has literally brought this bhakth from a two wheeler to a cycle. SHAME ON YOU BHAKTHS! Now I am sure they will say cycling is good for health.

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  • Alan, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    Cant blame private companies. Why is the fuel price so high? Govt should reduce taxes

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  • Althaf, Udupi/Kaup

    Sun, Jun 20 2021

    Why only 20%? increase to 50% and arrange a separate billing for andh bhakts. This increase should collect from andh bhakts and because of them this situation came.

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  • Suresh, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 20 2021

    Yeh Daulat bhi le lo Ye Shahurat bhi le lo Bhale cheen lo muj se meri vote Magar mujko lautado meri bure din ! If jagjit Singh would have been alive sung like this.

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  • Roger, Palimar

    Sun, Jun 20 2021

    Bus owners must increase 50%.... this is Vikas.... didn't you hear about ' Vikas ' and most of them voted for it.... did you forget Vikas.... Everything he said was to fool you and you are so gullible ..... you believed him..... everything said by him was music to your ears..... hope the moderator will allow this comment.... 99% of comments are withheld....

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    No need to increase bus fare for those who have taken COVID Vaccination , both doses....they don't need social distancing in buses.... Wearing masks is good enough.... Modiji expedite the vaccination program so we can put COVID-19 behind us.....When we can send Rocket to Moon...why can't we Vaccinate all of our people by end of the year.... ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Achche din for private bus owners. Take all these buses in procession, and park them in front of modis central vista. Jai ho Modiji. Modiji will find a solution.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Altogether one voice modiji please return back our Bure din... No need your acche din.

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  • Melroy C.F. Fernandes, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    I fully depend only and only on public transport. Since the past 1.5years we have had no buses(out of only 3) in our village due to the irrational lockdowns imposed by brown sahibs who travel by chauffeur driven AC cars paid for from my innumerable taxes. On account of this we have had to walk 2kms to the village centre shops or hire a rickshaw which charges 600% of the bus fare. 20% increase means that Rs.10 bus ticket will cost Rs.12/- not Rs.120! If the bus owners need to increase fares by whatever %age to run a profitable business I think they have every right to make their own decisions. Just as I can decide whether I wish to travel by their bus or other modes of transport that may be cheaper(if an entrepreneur can create such a business model). Also, these buses are majorly used by students who have to pay only half rate. So at these timings the buses are already running at a loss due to servicing the students. Already the KSRTC is running at 100’s of crores of loss(due to lockdown and due to govt. fat) which has to be made good from the taxpayer himself, not the people who run the failed govt. It is not the role of the govt to run buses. It is the role of the govt. to ensure that the laws are followed. It is not the pvt buses that demanded that they should not be allowed to operate. The loss making freebie govt has no money to pay the doctors and nurses even during COVID times forget normal days! City people(who get to decide policy) are always selfish, they have no thought for the 60% of people who live in the villages of Bharat , if it was not for the private bus operators there would not have been any affordable means of transport in the villages.

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  • Pramila Fernanades, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Well said. Completely agree with you.

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Alfonse Rodrigues, Udupi, I fully agree with your comments and it makes sense. Also, there is no doubt about it.

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  • Raghu, Pumpwell

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Padle vote padle...200 avad 500 avad..akaleg mande bechcha unda nikul vote paduni nikul 200 andala 500 andala kAas korpini..thavare aralodu..thavare aralodu..papadayana kashta artha apunda ijji..namak bodu modiji atha..

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    20 %means over hundred 120. Not fair...... Modiji..

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  • Pramila Fernanades, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    This reply is for those who are demanding for the replacement of Private bus with government bus. I was born and brought up in Farangipet and I have seen the beauty of government bus and their staff. First of all they are not bothered about the passengers who wait for hours and hours just to get 1 bus to reach their destination coz they don't have any target to reach by their authorities. They do not stop the bus in stop nor they come on time. Even in jyothi, kamkanady and pumpwell which are main bus stops they don't stop. They stop if any checker is there in stop coz someone from other bus will give them signal about checking. Students are treated so badly coz they travel with pass. To reach office at 9am we have to come to the stop at least by 7.45am just to travel 15kms to Mangalore. Rough behaviour by the staff coz most of them from north Karnataka. And the fun part is we have to explain them wher is Farangipet before adyar or after adyar. Disgusting. And they dont even ask men to go back and we ladies have to suffer misbehaviour by few men who come during that time only with their dirty mind. Government bus complaints are never ending. I completely support private bus people. Our travelling have become very easy after CC buses implemented in Mangalore- BC road line. We are always greatful to them. Those who think government buses are good you all have option to travel. We need private buses. That's it.

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  • udupi citizen, udupi

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    This rply for those public who gave big speech bot private bus ... Some people want these private bus should stop infront of thier house gate .. they don't care if traffic block ... For buses municipality made a bus stop ... I would like to explain those person who made a big speech ... Bus stop means .. where bus will stop for passengers ... Not infront of ur house gate. ... And these private buses gunda giri u must seen at highway even we make horn to give a space to overtake them .. they never allow us .. if we question .. we get this .... 👊👊 On our face . Some of you have problem on goverment buses coz they don't stop infront of ur house gate . They stop where they suppose to stop... That's y our so called local public don't like goverment buses .. coz they don't come on ur feet..

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  • NITIN SHETTY, bangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Admit it. you voted for BJP because this party hates one community as much u do. Economic ruin is d price u paid for that bigotry. Nothing is free in this world. y'knw. Not even hate.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    All the bhakths thought they will get a bus pass, a petrol discount card, a special ration card, multi speciality hospital treatment free of cost, 15 lakhs in their accounts, and what not. They thought price hike will not pinch them at all. Hmmm gone with the wind.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    It is high time that these private buses be replaced with Government ones. How and why do they expect passengers to pay extra when everyone is having pay cuts.

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  • Ajith, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Now we are actullay looking at acche din , seems like many more package we would see in coming days to make it achhe achhe din :-)

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi/udupi

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Good time to replace private bus with government buses.

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  • Alphonse Rodrigues, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    @Chowkidaar Chaiwala increase everything, every commodity prices, railways fair, bus fair, vehicles costly, bicycles costly. squeeze Indians who are jobless. shame, shame... If you are unable to sustain resign and exit from your chair immediately.

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  • Karkera, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Where are all those andh bhakth scholars who were supporting fuel price rise and preaching that everyone should take public transport. What do you have to say about public transport becoming unaffordable too for common man...take bullock carts??

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Ah! 20% is not a big deal! Private vehicles owners are paying Rs.100 per liter!!!

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  • udupi citizen, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Boycot these privates buses and travel in government buses ....

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    u r da people supported & voted 2 chaiwala. make strikes 2 reduce petrol & diesel prices.

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  • Star, Kollakabail

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    If grasses grown remove it, who told to keep idle, weekly should have cleaned. If there is leakage kindly fix it, else passengers will be in trouble when going to work. If students pass cancelled, students association will do protest. Kindly give concession to students and elders. It's once choice to purchase his own vehicles, instead of 20% hike give one ride 2 ride free to attract people. Once a upon a time, how rash driving like motogp race, killing lot of innocent lives. Now it's time to repay. For diesel hike please speak with current and previous govt and come to conclusion do not put burden on people, already people fed up without work and money.

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    these very bus drivers conductors owners with saffron themed shawls on shoulders were applauding shouting rejoicing BJP VHP BD during working hours , in bus stands & other places didn't knew I think such a time would come when the party you fed now it's against you.. enjoy your times in lockdown & loss ...

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  • Sanjay, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    What is this nonsense? Before April, they were operating with, not 50 but 200% capacity in buses and rates also increased drastically. At this rate, I think taking aeroplanes will be more economical.

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  • Star, Kollakabail

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Well said., agree

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Most of the bus lobby voted for Modi and today they are trying to pass on the losses to the common man. They should instead ask Modi to bring down the prices. However the end sufferer is the common man the middle class tax payer.

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 19 2021

    Hope now AndhBhakts have no problem on this.Since petrol price is increased everything become costly .Our Acche Dhin...

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