It’s been more than six months since the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) has closed the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road for laying sewer line, the detour from Kartarpur is costing heavy on the PRTC and private buses.
Officials at the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) reveal that they have suffered loss of rs 9.34 lakh from July 7, 2015 onwards since the MCJ had closed the road.
Officials said that the diversion of about 15 kilometres is costing them Rs 150 per round for a single bus and there are more than 50 routes of only PRTC buses daily from Kapurthala.
Besides PRTC buses, hundreds of private buses are also bearing losses as they have not increased the fare.
Officials said if they hike the fare adding the cost of extra seven kilometres, a single passenger would have to shell out Rs 6 more from his pocket.
Meanwhile, all buses are providing transportation service at the same fare of `20 from Jalandhar to Kapurthala.
The closure of the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road is not only a loss for transport authorities, but passengers have to waste 30 minutes more to reach their destination.
As per information, MCJ authorities had to close the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road to carry out works of laying of the sewer lines on the two kilometre stretch at the main Kapurthala road from Drona Garden to the main Kala Sanghian drain.
“It has become a big trouble to waste one hour daily for to and fro journey from Kapurthala to Jalandhar by bus. Authorities should complete the work soon,” Amanpreet Singh, a daily passenger said.
However, MCJ authorities had opened the road for 20 days from October 28 to November 18, when the ongoing work was stopped for some reason.
Meanwhile, HS Dhillon, general manager, PRTC bus stand Kapurthala, when contacted said, “So far we are bearing the additional costs, but if the MCJ fails to open the road soon, we would have to increase the fare charges.”