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Feb. 13 meet to address city bus woes

The future of the city bus service in Jamshedpur is looking brighter than before.

After a proposal to induct district home guards to run the beleaguered service and protect the vehicles at the Baridih depot, the East Singhbhum district administration has now fixed February 13 as the date to thrash out problems related to operating the service.

Sources said additional district magistrate Ajit Shankar has called a meeting on the day to discuss and resolve issues hindering smooth running of the service in the steel city.

“We are serious about bringing the bus service back on track as it is related to public welfare. Senior officials of Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC) from Ranchi will attend the meeting. Apart from reviewing routes and sorting out problems faced by drivers, several other issues would be taken up for discussion. We will try to find immediate solutions,” Shankar told The Telegraph.

Shankar said managing director of JTDC Sunil Kumar is also expected to attend the meeting. “Kumar told us that he will also try to make it to the meeting as decisions taken then might turn the fate of the bus service in the steel city,” he added.

Meanwhile, sources revealed that on February 4, the day The Telegraph reported that home guards would be roped in as drivers and security for Baridih depot, manager operations of JTDC Aloke Prasad inspected the depot.

It was learnt that Prasad met district administrative officials seeking help from the local administration to run the bus service in a hassle-free manner.

Shankar said during the February 13 meeting, they would determine the routes of the city buses.

“The deputy superintendent of police (traffic) was also asked to be present at the meeting so that he can take spot decisions on the problems faced by the drivers and other support staff of city buses from private operators. We will also try to ensure that the city buses get space in different stops, the facility of which is presently enjoyed only by the private buses,” he said.