Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Long distance buses continue to flout norms

Jamshedpur : A day after the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner ordered seizer of long distance buses flouting norms the situation still remains the same.

Several long-distance buses have added sleeper berths without obtaining valid permits. According to sources, the department will launch a drive soon to tighten the noose of erring bus operators. The drive would be carried under the leadership of the East Singhbhum district transport officer (DTO) George Kumar.

The drive would be carried out at two places — near Mango square (close to Sitaramdera bus terminus) and on Marine Drive. The drive would be held on entry points to the city especially near Pardih Kali Mandir (for Ranchi and Bihar bound buses), Baliguma (for Odisha and Bengal bound buses) and also at Karandih (for Odisha bound buses).

Police official said they have been receiving complains against the bus operators who have added sleeper berths without valid permits following which they have decided to launch the crackdown in violation of the rules of the Motor Vehicles Act.

The Sitaramdera bus terminus on an average caters to over 100 long-distance buses that that head for places such as Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Hazaribagh in Jharkhand and Bengal, Odisha and Bihar.

“We want to strictly follow the act and will act against those found to be flouting norms. The violators would have to pay a fine of Rs 5000 to release the bus. The drive will continue till the owners of such buses obey the rules,” the DTO Geroge Kumar.

Meanwhile the administration will also crack against long-distance buses with tinted windows and windscreens.
However, when contacted, Jamshedpur Bus Owners Association, an apex organization of long-distance bus owners, said they would launch agitation if the transport officials continued the crackdown.

“The department has been harassing the operators in name of checking drives and permit. We are always targeted in the name of adding extra berths however we ensure the specified limit of 53 seats.

We would be lodging our complaints with East Singhbhum deputy commissioner and Governor if the drive is launched,” said Yogendra Prasad, a bus operator.

The bus owner also said that such facilities exist in long-distances buses across country and no state authorities has raised objection on it.

He noted that the like auto operatoes of the city the department is also trying to harass the bus operators.

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