Contrary to the assurances made by transport minister GS Bali, local private bus operators in the capital hill town do not display the timetable on buses to facilitate commuters.
Local buses are the main means of public transport in Shimla but commuters face a tough time in these buses due to the absence of an official timetable. The bus operators have miserably failed to follow the minister’s directions, inviting public angst. “We board the bus but do not know when it will move. All depends on the mood of the conductor and the driver,” said Santosh Chauhan, a resident of Sanjauli
“In Sanjauli, around 4 buses are parked at a time and drivers, conductors are usually seen quarrelling over the time table, using foul words,” said Seeta Devi, a resident of Bhatta Kuffar, Sanjauli. She said the police, too, is clueless about the time table and it only leads to more harassment.
Besides the 50 government-owned Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses, there are over 100 private owned buses, and none of them have an official timetable or route. Commuters also face the rowdiness of the conductors when asked for a ticket. “Conductors do not provide tickets, even we ask them multiple times and sometime the tickets given by private bus operators neither contains the bus number nor the name,” said Nitin Sharma, a resident of Chhota Shimla.