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12.5.15

* India: POLITICALS = BUSES' FLEET OWNERS

* Punjab - Buses owned by Badals get prime-time slots in

-- The transport authorities in Punjab are all out to favour the buses owned by the Badal family under the names of Orbit Aviation Private Limited, Dabwali Transport Company Limited and Taj Transport Company. The authorities have allotted additional halt time to buses of these companies at various bus stands across the state... A scrutiny of bus timetable on the Bathinda-Barnala, Patiala-Sangrur, Ludhiana-Barnala and Moga-Jalandhar routes revealed that there was a huge gap in the halt time allotted to buses owned by the Badals and the state-owned buses. Moreover, buses of these companies have been allotted prime time on profitable routes... The timetable revealed that the Orbit buses were allowed to halt at a bus stand for eight to 15 minutes against four to five minutes given to the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) buses...

... During the scrutiny, it was found that the bus timetable was changed due to “political influence”. A politically-connected transport company —A2Z — got the prime time within minutes as a notice to transfer permit to A2Z was issued to Patarsi Bus Highways Service Registered, Patiala, on June 8, 2013. Harmail Singh, regional transport authority, Patiala, said the A2Z Transport got the time which was allotted to Patarsi Bus Highways Service... BJP leader Jagdish Sahni of Batala has 27 buses in the name of New Mid Bhawra Transport and Sahni Transport Ltd. Manpreet Badal, president, People’s Party of Punjab, owns five buses under Raghu Raj Service. Former Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon has about 40 buses under Baba Budha Dal Bus Service... Hardeep Dimpa, SAD Gidderbaha in charge, has a fleet of 60 buses under New Deep Bus Service. Former Congress media adviser Bharat Inder Singh Chahal’s wife Jaswinder Kaur owns a bus under Universal Bus Service as per the STC records... In contrast, Haryana has 4,000 government buses and 865 private. Contrary to Punjab, no private transporter has permit for major routes on the national highways. Most private buses in Haryana run within a district while in Punjab the private transporters have monopoly on long routes...
Chandigarh, Punjab, India - The Hindustan Times, by Gurpreet Singh Chhina - May 06, 2015

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