As the private firm Horizon Connect Transways Private Limited (HCTPL) warned to stop operations of the city buses from September 1 if their issues are not resolved, municipal corporation (MC) is now planning to float the fresh tender to invite firms for operating buses in the city.
The residents would suffer once again if the Ludhiana city buses come to halt as MC and HCTPL locked horns over the running of city buses. MC claimed that the firm has failed to pay pending dues.
The officials of the HCTPL have alleged that some political leaders are creating interference in selection of the routes of the city buses as per demand of their vote banks. They also claimed that no action is being taken against the illegally plying autos and mini buses in the city.
Harjinder Singh, managing director of HCTPL, said, “The political interference is very high here. The MC authorities directed to stop city buses on the route of Ram Nagar recently. The auto drivers were opposing the city bus service on this route and other routes, including Sahnewal.”
“We are not generating profit as the authorities concerned have failed to act against the illegal autos and mini buses that are causing losses to our company. We are not getting advertisements for the city buses. Moreover, we had got 30 old buses repaired, but the civic body did not release the payments for the same. We have been demanding from MC officials to get the issues resolved but no meeting is being conducted”, said Singh.
MC commissioner, Ghanshyam Thori, said the additional commissioner concerned will conduct a meeting with the company officials by Tuesday. However, the MC is going to float fresh tender to invite new firm for the city buses as the HCTPL has not paid its pending dues, he said.
However, he claimed that the MC has not stopped the city bus service on Ram Nagar route. He said the company stopped buses on this route due to some problem with the auto drivers, adding the company is free to operate the bus service on this route.