KSRTC: Mangaluru: Private buses not to ply in Dakshina Kannada till May 31 | Mangaluru News – Times of India
MANGALURU: Though Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has allowed conditional resuming of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private buses across the state barring Covid-19 containment areas, private bus owners in Dakshina Kannada district have decided not to operate till the end of May.
Dakshina Kannada Bus Owners Association president Dilraj Alva told TOI that they have decided not to operate buses till the end of May for three major reasons.
“The chief minister has said that we can operate buses in the state. However, technically we are not able to resume services since all of us have surrendered our permits. We will have to pay the tax for the whole month of May if we resume service immediately. Hence, we have decided that bus service can be resumed from June 1,” Alva said.
In addition, bus owners also have two more demands which the state government needs to consider on priority, he said.
“We have requested the government exempt private buses from paying tax for the next six months. We were not plying buses for during lockdown and it will be tough time for us in the next three months to operate as per new conditions. The government has allowed only 30 persons in each bus to maintain social distancing. In addition, we have been demanding the state government for bus fare revision since 2013. The government has revised the bus fares of KSRTC twice after that,” Alva said adding that bus owners will be meeting Mangaluru RTO on Tuesday.