Private buses will run for the mountain soon, the mandate may be issued today
On Thursday, the delegation of the Bus Operators Federation met government spokesperson and minister Subodh Uniyal.
Private buses, considered the lifeline of the mountain, will start running again. Government spokesperson and cabinet minister Subodh Uniyal's talks with Uttarakhand Bus Operators Federation became successful. According to the demand on Friday, the Transport Department can issue the mandate.
In fact, after the Covid curfew, the owners of private buses were expressing their inability to operate the bus with 50 percent passenger capacity. They proposed that like the Corona lockdown, this time also they should be given a chance to charge double fare with 50 percent passenger capacity.
This was refused by the government after which the operation of these buses in Garhwal and Kumaon came to a standstill from May 2. In the meantime, several attempts were made to negotiate with the government, but without success.
The difference between the fare of roadways and these buses is about 20 to 30 paise per kilometer.
On Thursday, the delegation of the Bus Operators Federation met government spokesperson and minister Subodh Uniyal. The second proposal they put before the minister was that instead of 50, they should be allowed to carry 75 percent passenger capacity with fare equal to roadways buses.
Currently, there is a difference of about 20 to 30 paise per kilometer in the fare of roadways and these buses. On this, Minister Uniyal held talks with Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat. After talks, the government agreed that private bus operators would be able to carry 75 percent of the passengers as well as one and a half times the fare.
Minister Subodh Uniyal said that the mandate in this regard will also be issued on Friday. On the other hand, Manoj Dhyani, an officer of the Bus Operator Federation, said that as soon as the government mandate is issued, the operation of buses will be resumed across the state.