Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann stated on Friday that the state government will begin running buses from several areas to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on June 15, breaking the monopoly of private bus operators, including those controlled by a prominent political family.
Passengers can now reserve the best bus for their further airline route on the internet.
For the past four years, only private operators have run buses from Punjab to the International Airport, the majority of which are owned by a prominent family in the state. In the run-up to the Punjab Assembly election, the Aam Aadmi Party promised to end the monopoly.
The CM announced the launch of Volvo buses from Punjab to the IGI Airport and from the IGI Airport to other locations across the state, saying that the cost imposed by the PRTC and PEPSU buses will be less than half of what private operators charge. “The tariff will be less than half of what it is now, and commuters will have greater amenities.” We are committed to dismantling all mafias that existed in the state prior to the formation of the AAP government. We even implemented an excise policy recently that will result in a 40% increase in revenue for the state over the previous year,” he stated.
The buses would run between the IGI airport and Amritsar, Pathankot, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, and Patiala, according to sources. According to reports, the fare will be in the range of Rs 800-Rs 1,400, compared to Rs 1,600-Rs 2,600 charged by commercial operators.
In the run-up to the state Assembly elections last year, AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal promised to put an end to the transportation mafia if elected. He then announced the formation of a commission for the transport industry in Punjab, consisting of representatives from the state’s transporter unions, with a membership of 10 to 15 people. He had stated that this commission, not the officers and ministers sitting in AC rooms, would design the new transportation policy. After joining a transporters’ dharna in Zirakpur, he repeated that the AAP would carry out the commission’s conclusions so that the challenges encountered by those in the industry, especially truck drivers, could be addressed on a regular basis.