One year after the state transport department withdrew 12 of the total 17 bus timings from the Ludhiana-Nakodar route, members of the Punjab Roadways Employees' Union have demanded resumption of the buses. Members said that buses on this route used to generate huge revenue, and their removal was causing huge losses to the department.
One of the members of the AITUC union, requesting anonymity, said, "One year ago, buses were plying on as many as 17 timings on the Ludhiana-Nakodar route, but then department revoked 12 timings. Moreover, owners of the private bus companies have been greasing their palms to let their buses ply on the same route in a hassle-free manner."
"The officials of the transport department itself are indulging in malpractices and causing losses worth lakhs," the union member said.
Earlier also, roadways employees raised the issue of undue stalling of bus timings on Ludhiana-Shahkot route and carried out a statewide protest at Shahkot in February.
During the protest, the roadways employees raised an alarm against the top officials of the transport department and accused them of favouring a handful private bus firms operating in the state.
Despite being one of the busiest bus routes of the state, the department said it had to withdraw buses due to shortage of buses.
When contacted Rashpal Singh Makhu, general manager, Punjab Roadways, Ludhiana depot, said, "Facing acute shortage of buses, we had to revoke bus timings on some of the routes last year, but the transport department is coming up with a new fleet of buses soon. All stalled timings will be resumed, as soon as new buses hit the road."