Private bus operators of Malwa zone on Tuesday threatened not to provide buses for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) rally in Moga district on December 8, if the Punjab government doesn’t implement their demands accepted by it.
The Malwa Zone Private Bus Operators’ Association, which held its meeting here, said, “If our demands, accepted by the state government earlier, are not implemented till Wednesday (December 7), we won’t provide buses for the SAD rally.”
“If our demands, accepted by the state government earlier, are not implemented till Wednesday, we won’t provide buses.”
Association convener Baltej Singh said among other things, the government had agreed to reduce the bus stand fee (adda fee) for private buses by 50% about one-and-a-half years ago, but the decision has not been implemented so far.
“Bus transporters from Bathinda, Mansa and Barnala took part in today’s meeting while representatives of other districts were contacted over phone,” he said.
A delegation of transporters also met Bathinda district transport officer Mankamal Singh Chahal in this regard. The transporters also raised slogans against the Punjab government.
Sources said the SAD has demanded over 350 buses from transporters in the district alone for ferrying people to its December 8 ‘Pani Bachao, Punjab Bachao’ rally to be held at Killi Chahal village in Moga on the occasion of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s birthday on December 8.