Members of the Punjab Roadways Union-1 and 2 held a protest against the regional transport authority (RTA) and demanded immediate change in the new timetable of buses.
They alleged that the changed schedule had been prepared under pressure from the ruling Akali government to favour buses owned by the Badal family.
The union members alleged that buses owned by Akali leaders have already captured major routes like Jalandhar-Ludhiana, Jalandhar-Chandigarh, and Jalandhar-Moga and now, they wanted to capture Jalandhar-Pathankot-Jammu route by plying their own buses.
They said this would not be tolerated at any cost and asked the authority to adjust the schedule of 31 minutes which has been given to buses of Akali leaders.
The union members including Surinder Singh, Salwinder Kumar, Kulwant Singh, Kewal Singh and others met RTA Gurmeet Singh and asked him to revise the time schedule as they were major transporters compared to private bus transporters.
They alleged that those who had been given the schedule did not have a valid permit to ply on the route.
They said an Akali leader owing of private transport firm played a big role in preparing this schedule when he was in office two days ago.
The members of other district units, including Nawanshahr, Pathankot and Jagraon, have also joined in the protest. Their meeting with RTA ended after the time schedule of 31 minutes was adjusted to its original form.
Gurmeet refuted allegations of union members and claimed that no buses of Akali leaders had been plying at the same time as that of Punjab roadways buses.
He said that schedule has been re-worked as per grievances raised by members.