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Haryana Roadways in red, annual loss increases to over Rs 482 crore

The Haryana Roadways is in the red even as the number of passengers travelling by its fleet increased to 4,527 lakh from 3,977 in 2008.

punjab Updated: Jul 12, 2015 21:28 IST
Neeraj Mohan

The Haryana Roadways is in the red even as the number of passengers travelling by its fleet increased to 4,527 lakh from 3,977 in 2008.

The annual losses to the state roadways increased to Rs 482.48 crore in 2014-15 from Rs 115.29 core in 2007-08.

The state government was planning to increase the number of buses in the fleet from existing 4,800 to 6,000, but the increasing loss is a major concern as not even a single depot and sub-depot of the state is in profit.

As per the information procured by social activist Sanjeev Sharma under the Right to Information (RTI) Act , all 24 depots and 13 sub-depots of the state transport have been in the loss for the past three years, even as 4,829 buses of the roadways cover 13 lakh km every day, carrying 13.6 lakh passengers to their respective destinations.

The information shows that the roadways has been in the loss since 2012-13, when Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government was in office.

The annual income of the roadways has now come down to Rs 1000.76 crore against an expenditure of Rs 1285.57 crore. Also, the provision of 50% concession to senior citizens and free travel for girl students added to the woes of the Haryana Roadways, besides 15,000 to 18,000 pass holders in every depot.

Asked about the increasing losses of the state roadways, a senior official of the transport department said, "The wrong policies of the government are the root cause behind the poor financial condition of the Haryana Roadways".

He added, "To woo voters, the governments take wrong steps while they do not announce any bailout package for the roadways. At present, more than 30 categories are allowed to travel free in the buses of the Haryana Roadways. How will it earn profit?".

He said, "Another reason behind the loss is shifting of long route buses to villages. Now, all politicians want a bus service from their native village or assembly segment to Chandigarh and Delhi, without giving a thought to the loss, as these buses could not meet the required criteria".

While diesel consumption has increased, the per km average has come down to 4.68 km per litre from 4.87 km per liter in 2007.

According to officials, another reason for losses is frequent protests and strikes by the roadways employees. Even one-day strike causes a loss of about Rs 13 lakh to Rs 15 lakh to one depot. As the roadways unions are strong, the government does not dare to cut the salary of the striking employees and in most of the cases, they manage to get the salary of the day of protest.