No bookings for Konkan, personal bus operators locate e-pass hurdle, Auto Information, Automobilnews
Pune: Personal bus operators have alleged that the necessary e-pass rule, which doesn’t apply to the Maharashtra State Street Transport Company (MSRTC) buses, has disadvantaged them of passengers on the Konkan route for the upcoming Ganapati pageant. “Why ought to passengers who can journey in MSRTC buses with out e-passes come to us? It seems that the entire thing was a deliberate tactic to deprive us of passengers,” Rajan Junawane, vice-president, Pune Bus Affiliation, informed TOI. “We’ve got been out of enterprise for the previous 4 months. The state authorities commenced MSRTC service for Konkan area from August 5 with none e-pass restriction. Nonetheless, e-passes have been made necessary for personal bus operators and passengers,” he mentioned.
Balasaheb Khadekar, president, Pune district luxurious bus affiliation, mentioned, “With e-passes being made necessary, passengers will not be coming to us. Our buses are mendacity idle for months and our workers are additionally struggling,” he mentioned.
State transport minister Anil Parab mentioned that since MSRTC is a authorities physique it has acquired all permissions from the state authorities. “Passengers additionally don’t want e-passes as we all know who’s travelling within the buses, which isn’t the case with personal operators,” he mentioned.