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JTDC slams brakes on bus

The JNNURM-sponsored city bus in Jamshedpur is off roads from Monday after hitting the latest of its countless roadblocks in four years of its launch, this time over the issue of security.

Operator Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC) refused to run the 10 buses, alleging that “trouble created by a section of disgruntled employees” made the corporation insecure. The corporation also asked for security cover from the district administration.

JTDC’s local manager S K Jha, based in the Baridih depot, claimed they were compelled to stop the service following employee threats.

“We lodged a complaint with Sidhgora police. Until we get adequate security it will be difficult to run the bus service,” Jha said on Tuesday.

He added some employees led by City Bus Karamchari Sangh president Ganga Prasad recently came to his office and abused him and others present verbally.

“We can’t tolerate this nuisance. Therefore, we have decided not to run the buses till we feel safe at the office-cum-depot in Baridih,” Jha said.

Contacted, City Bus Karamchari Sangh president Prasad blamed the JTDC for provident fund (PF) anomalies.

“The corporation deducts PF from our salary but the entire sum is not deposited at our accounts in the Regional Provident Fund Office, Mango,” he alleged. “But, when we asked JTDC officials about this, they misbehaved with us,” Prasad alleged.

As the corporation and union trade allegations, commuters are left in the lurch.

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