Citing issue in sustaining financially as a result of lockdown owing to the unfold of the novel coronavirus within the metropolis, college bus and bus operators associations have urged the Maharashtra authorities to offer monetary reduction to the drivers.
The affiliation has acknowledged that over 50,000 college buses and round 1.5 lakh bus staffers are presently below monetary misery as they’ve misplaced their jobs.
They’ve requested the Maharashtra authorities to offer salaries to the bus staffers through the lockdown interval, together with a waiver of taxes. The affiliation has given an inventory of calls for together with deferment of motor insurance coverage, subsidised gasoline charges, car sanitisation, growing the age restrict of college buses from eight to 20 years, growing the capability of college buses, the expertise of 5 years for bus drivers to be abolished if the driving force has a heavy car licence and parking services for varsity buses.
“We’re looking at a bleak scenario, as the colleges are closed for a lot of months. Concurrently, bus house owners haven’t acquired the transportation charges for the educational yr ending Might 2020,” stated Anil Garg, president, College Bus Proprietor Affiliation.
“Majority of the bus crew members particularly bus drivers are from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Karnataka. Most of them have gone again to their house cities, amid the Covid-19 outbreak and the next lockdown. We’re not certain whether or not they are going to be again to serve after the varsity reopens. If this continues, there might be a large scarcity of drivers and cleaners and it will likely be very tough to function college buses. We might search authorities intervention to offer some assist to the bus house owners and workers members to carry them out of this disaster.” Garg stated.
Related calls for on offering monetary assist to drivers and waving of auto curiosity for autorickshaws and black and yellow taxis have been raised by Autorickshaw and black and yellow taxi unions within the metropolis.
“We now have additionally sought monetary assist of ₹10,000 per thirty days to the drivers through the lockdown,” stated AL Quadros, chief, Mumbai Taximen’s Union.
In the meantime, each autorickshaw and taxi unions have requested for a rise in minimal fares. Taxi unions have requested to extend minimal fare from ₹22 to ₹25 and the identical for autorickshaws from ₹18 to ₹22.