REGIONAL TRANSPORT Authority (RTA) has failed to find a management model to run the Maruti Omni cars that will replace tempos in the City as neither the Omni operators nor any citizens’ group has come forward to run it.
As a result, RTA would commence Omni operations without an umbrella organisation. The new vehicles, nevertheless, will be introduced with certain ground rules being framed by task force committee constituted by RTA, which will regulate the Omni operations.
RTA was hoping that tempo operators would evolve a system where RTA, NGOs and social workers would provide backhand support. As an incentive, Authority had assured all possible help to operators from banks, chartered accountant if they form a company. But there is no response from them so far, although they are in a tearing hurry to begin Omni operations.
The Omnis were to be put on road from tomorrow but the move would be delayed by few more days. “We are committed to start the services. It will happen very soon,” RTA head and Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das said.
The open house held on September 3 to draw up a consensus on phasing out tempos with 550 CNG-driven Maruti Omni cars was marked by demands to put the new vehicles on roads as soon as possible so as to restore livelihood of the tempo operators and drivers, half of whom were put out of business three years ago when the regional transport office refused to renew their permit in view of Supreme Court directions on pollution control measures.
But the open house failed to arrive at a conclusion on having an umbrella organisation that could run this new public transport system, something similar to Indore City Transport Services Limited (ICTSL) that has launched City buses.
RTA has asked ICTSL Executive Director Vivek Aggarwal to submit proposal on running Omnis through an umbrella organisation.