Private bus operators see ploy in ban

Private bus operators see ploy in ban

Private operators are up in arms against the ban on their buses in the City from February 1 to 10 in the context of Invest Karnataka 2016. They see a bigger game plan behind the Transport department and the State government’s decision to ban buses.

Secretary of Bangalore Bus Association K N Ramesh said there was a vested interest at work in the ban on private buses  in the central parts of the City.

“The government has a plan to do something else by invoking Invest Karnataka 2016 for the ban. The meet is from February 3 to 5. So why the ban from February 1 itself and after February 5? There is an ulterior motive to this. We are sure they are trying to ban us permanently. We will be meeting on Friday to uncover the government’s motive which proposed the ban without even consulting us.”

He said when nearly 3,000 private buses ply from Bengaluru, the least the State government could do was consult the bus operators. “Hundreds of passengers travel from the City centre – Majestic – every day. What will happen to them? How will they be ferried to distant bus stops? And what will happen to us? We are dependent on the passengers. If we are pushed to the edge of the City, we will certainly make losses. Given all these implications, should the government not have asked us what they intended to do before they started implementing the plan?”

According to Ramesh, only four alighting points have been given to bus operators. The list from the government does not say anything about Kanakapura Road, Bannerghatta Road. The reason for exempting these two roads is not clear.Private bus operators are planning to meet the authorities on Friday or Saturday to seek clarity on why the ban is suddenly being brought into force. “Our central argument is why a ban till February 10? Anyway we will thrash out the details with the government,” Ramesh said.

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