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Commercial vehicle operatorscall off chain hunger strike: Bali

punjab Updated: Feb 03, 2014 17:31 IST

Transport minister GS Bali on Monday claimed that commercial vehicle operators, who were on a chain hunger strike since January 22, had called off their strike while accepting some of the conditions laid by the government.

Addressing mediapersons here, Bali said the operators were "misguided". "I have talked to them and the issue is resolved, now,"he added.

"Out of five, they have accepted our three conditions - to wear uniform, display licence and fix the fare after rationalisation,"said Bali.

He said they had been demanding lifting the ban on taxi permits to maxi cabs. "We will consider their demands and the final decision will be taken after proper feedback from the public," he added.

He said the transport department would also take a decision on taxi permit for hotels.

Earlier on January 21, Bali had agreed on conditional rollback of the amendment in the tax ceiling, which was, finally, repealed on January 31.

Bali said the government would soon make available fixed fare busses from Kangra to Tanda via Dharamsala at Rs 15; Nagrota to Dharamsala via Chamunda at `15; Palapur to Tanda via Nagrota at Rs 30 and Nagrota to Dharamsala via Yol at Rs 10.

Bali said the transport department had started two buses with fixed fare - Rs 5. "The government will be plying one more bus on the pattern in the morning and evening, especially for the office goers."

He added that two buses with fixed fare had been announced for Baddi-Barotiwala areas.

Bali said the transport department had generated `52 crore between April 2013 and January 31, 2014 after hike in bus fare in September 2013.

"We have paid a debt of Rs 200 crore left behind by the previous government,"he added.

Women-friendly transport scheme

With an aim to provide safe transport services to the women, the Himachal Pradesh government has submitted a proposal of women-friendly transport scheme.

Divulging details to mediapersons, Bali said the transport department had submitted a proposal to the Center, seeking their assistance for making the state transport women-friendly.

"Under the proposed scheme, close circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in the buses carrying women besides installation of global positioning system (GPS),"said Bali.

The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs 40 crore, said Bali, adding the state transport officials were in regular touch with the Centre to get the project cleared.

The minister said the transport department had also been trying to get some financial assistance from the Centre from the Nirbhaya fund for the installation of GPS in the state transport buses.