Tribune News Service
Dharamsala, January 3
Contract carriage buses operating from Dharamsala stop on the roads along the Maximus Mall for passengers. These buses can be seen parked along the roadsides everyday from 6 pm to 8 pm, often leading to jams on the main road to the Kotwali Bazaar in the city.
Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Kotwali area, says that Volvo buses parked along the main road for long cause inconvenience to commuters. The matter has been reported to the police many a time but no traffic policeman has been posted there to stop illegal parking of these buses. Besides, the area has also become a permanent taxi stand as passengers of contract carriage buses use the service, he adds.
Plaints filed in vain
- Every evening, Volvo buses remain parked along the roadside, leading to jams on the main road to the Kotwali Bazaar, one of the busiest roads of Dharamsala
- Parking of buses as well as taxis leads to long queues of vehicles, causing inconvenience to commuters
- Contract carriages being operated as route permit buses illegally. Despite complaints of the HRTC, no action taken
Surinder Sharma, another resident of Dharamsala, alleges that though the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) is not allowed to use multi-axle buses, private contract carriage operators are openly operating such buses.
Sources in the Transport Department say that contract carriage buses are being operated illegally. They allege that these buses are authorised to take groups of tourists from one destination to another. However, in Dharamsala, they are operating as route permit buses.
Interestingly, the HRTC has, on several occasions, lodged complaints with the Transport Department against illegal plying of such buses, which eats into its revenue. However, no action has been taken. Kangra SP Khushal Sharma was not available for his comments.