A city bus plies to Bistupur on Monday. (Bhola Prasad)
Jamshedpur, July 25: After remaining off the roads for two days, city buses reappeared in Jamshedpur today in a major relief for commuters.
Twenty-one of the 25 buses in running condition hits the streets this morning after the Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC)-appointed service provider, Capital Detective and Security Services Private Limited, received verbal assurance that its dues would be cleared at the earliest.
The service provider also hired back drivers and conductors who had left their jobs over non-payment of salaries.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Capital Detective and Security Services Private Limited director Vijay Kumar said talks with JTDC manager (administration) Alok Prasad and JTDC manager for city bus services in Jamshedpur Rakesh Kumar had taken place in this regard.
“The JTDC officials assured us that pending salary dues for the month of May, which amounts to Rs 2 lakh, would be cleared in a day or two. I have decided to start the bus services on a temporary basis keeping in view the larger interest of the people,” he said.
He added that buses ran on 10 routes today, instead of the usual 13 and the number of buses would be increased to 25 tomorrow to cover all routes.
The bus service was withdrawn on Saturday after the agency failed to pay the drivers and other staff their salaries for the month of June. “I had arranged money and paid the staff for the month of May. However, it is two months now that our bills have not been cleared and hence we decided to stop the service. Now that I have got an assurance from JTDC, I am going by that. Let me see what action they take,” Kumar said.
Meanwhile, JTDC officials said the money to clear the service provider’s sues would arrive shortly.
“According to the memorandum of understanding between the service provider and JTDC, the former has to pay the staff for a few months in the event JTDC fails to clear all its dues. However, we would be streamlining the process so that payments happen on time,” an official said.
Commuters hailed the move to restart the service.