PUBLIC TRANSPORT * India
* Punjab - 20 new buses hit city roads
(Photo: Punjab Roadways bus)
Amritsar,Punjab,India -The Hindustan Times -June 9, 2014: -- To further strengthen the local transport system for the convenience of the residents, Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi on Sunday flagged off 20 more buses under the city bus service project... With these 20 air-conditioned buses, the number of buses running under this project in the city has gone up to 60. As many as 40 such buses hit the city roads a few months ago... Although the project, which aims to bring a total fleet of 150 buses on the city roads, is far behind the schedule, the increase in the number of buses is going to help the local commuters as well as tourists in a big way...
* Thiruvananthapuram - Bus owners threaten to widen stir
(Photo: Kochi city´s the Vyttila Movility Hub night view)
Kochi,Thiruvananthapuram,India -The Times of India -Jun 8, 2014: -- On the day when Kochi Metro completed one year of launching its construction works, the private bus owners in the city took out a protest march to Kochi Metro Rail Ltd's office, threatening to go on a token strike from June 11 if the metro agency did not address their concerns... Protesting against the apathy in undertaking road and drain relaying works along the metro route, the bus owners under the aegis of Kerala Bus Transport Association demanded that the metro agency should take immediate steps to remove the posts put up by Kerala State Electricity Board and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd along the metro corridor and widen the roads to ensure smooth vehicular movement...
* Pune - PMPML buses targetted again as another controversial post on social networking sites incites people
(Photo: Stone pelting)
Mumbai,India -Agency: DNA -9 June 2014: -- After almost a week of violence and tension, just when the dust was settling and peace was returning to the city, fresh incidents of violence were reported in parts of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad on Sunday after some derogatory post regarding Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was uploaded on social networking sites... Last week, the city had witnessed violence after some miscreants uploaded derogatory posts regarding Shivaji Maharaj and Bal Thackeray on social networking sites... Around 1,300 PMPML buses operate on a daily basis. However, on Sunday, after stone-pelting was reported, only 700 buses were plying... Since 2010, Pune has seen 481 buses damaged during various agitations and protests. This has resulted in a loss of Rs1.75 crore. However, this money has not been recovered from the groups or the people who have been responsible for the incidents...
* Punjab - 2,600 buses off if demands not met
(Photo: AC buses scheduled to ply to various towns of Punjab at the Sector 43 ISBT, Chandigrah, on Tuesday)
Chandigarh,Punjab,India -The Business Standard, by Vijay C Roy -June 9, 2014: -- Reeling under high operational cost, low occupancy and low income, private bus operators in Punjab under the guidance of the Punjab motor union threatened to stop plying about 2,600 buses from July 1 if their demands are not met... The operators demand increase in fare, reduction of value-added tax (VAT) on diesel, reduction in motor vehicle tax, etc... Speaking to Business Standard, the Rajinder Singh Bajwa, secretary of the Punjab motor union, said, "The rise in diesel price has brought the transporters at the brink of disaster. Since January 2013, diesel prices has risen by Rs 10.36 a litre but there were no changes made in the bus fare controlled by the state government. The last revision was done in June 2013 when the bus fare was hiked from 79 paise a km to 83 paise a km. The latest increase in prices have badly hit the transporters and bus operators, in particular. This industry is already facing a slump due to an increase in operational cost, but the latest price has forced people to close down this business. So, in view of rising diesel cost and other costs, we demanded from the state government to increase the fare to 93 paise a km" ...
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