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‘Government trying to destabilise NWKRTC'

Anil Kumar Sastry


NWKRTC suffering Rs. 6 lakh loss every day

Illegal operations of private operators affecting NWKRTC


BANGALORE: The State Government is all set to continue the operation of private buses between Hubli and Dharwad much to the concern of the already ailing North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC).

A draft notification, that seeks to “save” the permits already issued to the private operator — Bendre Nagara Sarige — was issued on February 18, 2011. Not only has the KSRTC Staff and Workers Federation opposed the notification but also NWKRTC, which is the victim of government's move, has raised its voice against the notification.

“It is another step to weaken the state road transport corporations, particularly the NWKRTC which owes over Rs. 100 crore to its employees,” said federation general secretary H.V. Ananthasubba Rao. He said NWKRTC had been suffering a loss of Rs. 6 lakh every day due to Bendre Sarige's operations between Hubli and Dharwad.

The NWKRTC too has opposed this draft notification. The corporation has already filed its objections and presented its case before the Principal Secretary to Government (Transport Department), said Hemaraju, NWKRTC Managing Director. He claimed that there was no dearth for NWKRTC buses between the twin cities as 105 of its buses make over 2,000 trips a day and there was no need to supplement the requirement by a private operator.

Against MV Act

Bowing to the pressure of private bus operators, the Government in December 2003 ordered permitting operation of private buses within 20 km radius of every district headquarters, even if the district was under nationalised route, Mr. Rao alleged.

This was patently illegal and opposed to the Motor Vehicles Act. Bendre Sarige thus came into operation in Hubli-Dharwad. Though in 2006, the Government withdrew this policy, the permits already granted were allowed to be continued, Mr. Rao noted. Saving the permits is not in the interest of general public, but to protect the private operator, Mr. Rao alleged. Even before one and half years for the expiry of the permits, the RTO, Dharwad, had renewed these permits about three years ago.

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