With the Amritsar Municipal Corporation finalising three routes instead of earlier four for the city bus service, Congress councillor Raj Kanwal Preet Pal Singh Lucky has smelt a rat in the project questioning the proposed daily earnings of about Rs. 42 per day per bus.
"Even an auto-rickshaw driver gets better return at the end of the day and pays his employer no less than Rs. 300 per day as rent," he said.
He said after spending about Rs. 25 lakh on each luxury bus, the government had extended the project to a Karnataka-based company for a meager daily income of Rs. 42 per bus a day.
"The government's intentions behind running the bus service have been exposed. They are trying to benefit some individuals and it has less to do with public welfare," said Lucky.
He urged the MC to clarify as to why the service was being run on net credit cost (NCC) mode whereas it was being run on GCC mode in other cities.
"Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora should clarify as to who would regulate the fare and how frequently it would be hiked. Will the 7 per cent hike in profits be proportional to the hike in fares," he said.
He also questioned the MC's proposal to run 112 buses against the previously proposed 150.
"There was a proposal to run the service on four routes. As of now, the MC has finalised only three routes. The MC should clarify why this is so," he said.