Uttar Pradesh approved on Interstate transport from Uttarakhand, will start operation in 2-3 days
Interstate bus operations for Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana will start in the next two to three days. Uttar Pradesh had banned interstate bus operations in April due to Corona
Interstate bus operations for Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana will start in the next two to three days. Uttar Pradesh had banned the Interstate bus operation in April as the cases of Corona increased. Due to this, bus operations of Uttarakhand from other states including Uttar Pradesh and Delhi were stopped. To resume bus operations, Transport Minister Yashpal Arya met Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Thursday evening. The Chief Minister spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in this regard over the telephone, which has been approved. The Transport Minister said that the Uttar Pradesh government will issue the order in the next two three days.
Due to Corona, the financial condition of the Transport Corporation has become very bad as there were frequent stoppage of the operation of roadways buses for the last quarter and a half. Presently the corporation is in loss of about Rs 520 crore and four months salary is also pending for its employees. Just two days back, the corporation has released the salary for January with the help of Rs 20 crore received from the state government. For the last one and a half years, the roadways are giving salaries based on the help received from the state government.
Since the lockdown in March last year and the lack of bus operation after that, the losses of roadways kept increasing. In October-November last year, bus operations had gained some momentum, but in April this year, the increased corona infection stopped its pace again. At present, the interstate bus operation is completely closed and only 150 buses are operating daily on the internal routes of the state. Of these, the number of passengers is less than 50 percent. The corporation is not even able to recover the cost of diesel.
To improve the economic condition of roadways, Transport Minister Yashpal Arya met Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Thursday evening. The Transport Minister told him that the buses of Uttar Pradesh Roadways were coming till the border of Uttarakhand, but the buses of Uttarakhand were not being allowed to enter Uttar Pradesh. Since most of the buses of Uttarakhand Roadways pass through the border of Uttar Pradesh, bus operations to Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana is been affected. Apart from this, concrete steps are also not being taken by Uttar Pradesh on the distribution of roadways assets. In this regard, the Chief Minister immediately spoke to Yogi Adityanath over the telephone during which approval was given to start bus operations in the next two three days. The Transport Minister said that Uttar Pradesh has also assured to find an appropriate solution on the distribution of assets at the earliest. During this, Secretary Transport Ranjit Sinha and Managing Director of Roadways Abhishek Ruhela along with General Manager Deepak Jain were present.
Will also talk to Himachal-Chandigarh officials
After the approval of Uttar Pradesh for inter-state bus operation from Uttarakhand, talks will be held with the transport officers regarding bus operation for Himachal and Chandigarh. Himachal had earlier talked about starting bus operations from June 14, but later the matter did not materialize. The bus operation for Chandigarh is stuck due to Himachal’s approval.
Government will give one month's salary
The state government has given a big relief to the roadways employees who are struggling with salary during the Corona period. On the demand of the Transport Minister, the Chief Minister has given the approval to give one more month's salary to the roadways. The Chief Minister directed to send a proposal for this. Along with this, the Transport Minister also demanded the help of Rs 150 crore from the government for the pending payment of salaries and retired roadways workers. After talking to the Finance Department, the Chief Minister talked about resolving the matter.
Two crores given to shift the depot
The Chief Minister has approved the shifting of a depot of roadways from Haridwar Road Workshop to Transportnagar. Two crore rupees have also been approved for this. The Transport Minister said that Rs 15 lakh is spent every month on the movement of buses from the workshop to ISBT. Transport Nagar is near ISBT, so building a depot there will save this cost. Tin-shed etc. will be constructed with two crore rupees. At the same time, the Chief Minister directed the officials that a proposal should be made to cut the expenditure of roadways so that it can be brought out from the deficit.