Pvt bus owners demand financial package


 In an interesting development, the All Goa Private Bus Owners Association has demanded a financial package for the private bus operators a la the scheme for the mining trucks and barges.
The private bus operators have also reiterated that the Parivartan brought about in the State a year ago has not brought any changes in the Transport department with Sudin Dhavlikar continuing at the helm of affairs.
They reiterated their demand for a hike in passenger fare, and pointed out that private bus owners will not demand a hike in bus fare if the government abolishes the VAT on diesel a la petrol.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, President of All Goa Private Bus Owners Association, Shailendra Phaldessai contended that the private bus operators are also hit by the closure of the mining operations like the mining truck and barge owners. He said the Association has made an appeal to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to work a similar financial package on the lines of the package unveiled for the mining depending people. “We want the financial package even if the government agrees to our demand for a fare hike. When there is no mining business, you cannot expect people to travel to the markets and towns by buses. Hence, our business too is affected by the mining closure”, he said.
Replying to a question, he said the private bus owners will chalk out the future course of action in the event the government fails to work out the financial package.
Meanwhile, the private bus owners have welcomed the government decision to increase the reservation of seats for women in buses from two to four. Phaldessai has asked owners of all the 1460 private buses to comply with the directions issued by the Transport department on seat reservation for women. [H]