Rajasthan transport minister Yunus Khan has informed the house that buses running under Lok Parivahan Sewa (LPS) in the state will be given separate bus stands within three months.
On Thursday, he informed the assembly that LPS was started to provide safe and easy transportation service. The transport department gave permits on 476 routes. Till date, 1,563 permits have been given.
In December 2015, chief minister Vasundhara Raje started the LPS services, where private operators were roped in to run the bus service. The service faced resistance and at some places led to clashes between the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) employees and LPS operators - as both government and LPS buses were running from the same stand.
Accepting this, during question hour Khan said that while advertising for LPS service it was mentioned that the buses would be running from RSRTC bus stands, but reports of resistance started coming from Bikaner, Naguar, Hanumangarh, Sikar and other districts and the decision was withdrawn. “Be it roadways or private operators, everyone has to abide by the law and run buses on the permitted routes. No one, will be allowed to take law in their hand,” he said.
The minister said that in the last 20 years, on an average 4,591 buses were part of the RSRTC fleet, which are runing on 6,000 routes, whereas private buses are operating on 44,000 routes. “In the last one year, 1023 new routes in rural Rajasthan have been introducted. LPS service has been started on 476 of 16,338 nationalised routes,” said Khan.
“Places near Metro station in Jaipur have been designated for LPS. All district collectors have been asked to identify places for LPS stands. In the next three months, new bus stands will be there for these buses,” he said.
Replying to question raised by MLA Shanker Singh if the government wanted to close down LPS in order to support roadways, Khan said that the government has provided financial assistance to roadways from time to time. In the last three years, around Rs 1110.73 crore have been given, whereas the last government gave Rs 930.32 crore. “The government is providing other financial and administrative assistance to roadways in order to overcome losses,” he said.
In another question, mines minister Surender Pal Singh informed the house that in last three years 3209 cases of illegal bajri mining has been caught, 258 FIRs has been lodged and Rs 11.87 crore penalty has been recovered.