Private bus and cab operators on Monday threatened to strike work if they are not made eligible to apply for the plot/shop scheme launched under the Transport Nagar project.
If they go on strike, around 1,000 school buses and nearly 4,000 cab operators ferrying BPO, MNC and other corporate office staff will go off the road, affecting all those who depend on private transport for travel.
The bus and cab operators decided to go on strike and stage protests after they met Noida authority’s additional chief executive officer (ACEO) Pramod Kumar Agarwal, who promised to look into their demands. He had called them for a meeting on Tuesday for a detailed discussion on the issue.
Private bus and cab operators are angry that the authority has launched the plot/shop scheme only for transporters who have trucks or other small commercial vehicles.
“Along with truck operators, bus and cab operators too have been demanding for office and parking space since 2000. After our joint movement, the authority came up with the Transport Nagar scheme. But now, surprisingly, they say the scheme is meant only for truck operators. We will protest and go to court if the authority doesn’t include us in the scheme,” said Sandip Dhupar, president, Noida bus association.
Bus operators said that they need only 100 plots/shops for themselves and the remaining can be allotted to truck operators.
“Trucks are used for ferrying goods over long distances so they need parking space only once a week or a month. But nearly 1,000 buses and 4,000 cabs ferry school students, professionals and other commuters every day within Noida and Delhi-NCR. Therefore, they are parked on Noida roads daily, leading to traffic congestion. If we are allotted space, congestion on the road can be addressed to large extent,” said Alok Singh, a bus operator.
The authority had planned the Transport Nagar scheme to ensure that transporters park their vehicles in the designated space of 26 acres in Sector 69, thus clearing up the roads.