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Transport threat to Ranchi cradles

Ranchi, July 19: Bus owners today threatened to stop providing services to various city schools from Friday if the authorities did not increase their charges.

The decision was taken after a meeting with the school representatives at the office of Federation of Jharkhand Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FJCCI) today.

President of Jharkhand Bus Owners’ Association Krishna Mohan Singh confirmed the decision, saying they would take the step only after dialogues with the school authorities. “The bus owners have constituted a five-member team for holding discussions with the schools. The team will visit the schools on Wednesday and Friday to negotiate with the managements. If the talks fail and the schools do not increase our charges, buses will be withdrawn from Friday,” he added.

Singh added that the attitude of the school authorities, who always passed the buck on to the bus owners in case of accidents or violation of traffic rules, prompted them to take this decision.

“The schools collect bus fees of 12 months from students but pay charges of just 11 months to bus owners. Apart from this, they charge a low fee (Rs 450 to 500 per month) from students lest they should incur wrath of the parents and in turn ask us to adjust. Besides, we are forced to run several trips within limited time. This leads to overloading, rash driving and violation of traffic rules. When accidents take place and our buses are seized, the schools do not take any responsibility and we have to face legal consequences. Most of the time we have to pay heavy fine to the district administration,” he said.

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