State representatives to meet Delhi transport department today
State representative of Uttarakhand Roadways in ISBT Delhi, deputy general manager is likely to meet transport department officials of New Delhi on Monday. According to the sources if need be someone from Dehradun will also be there at the meeting for the mutual agreement to be signed between the two states. The warning letter issued by the state traffic department of New Delhi on Saturday states that without Memorandum of Understanding roadways buses going to and from Uttarakhand to Delhi will be banned from entering inside capital’s border. If the Uttarakhand administration failed to sign MOU with Delhi in the given time period, it will directly affect 20 to 25 thousand passengers on a daily basis.
General Secretary of Uttaranchal Roadways Employees Union, Ashok Chaudhary said, “A warning letter was sent to Uttarakhand among the seven states by the Delhi government. We have spoken with the management; they will be working on it on Monday. State representatives will meet the Delhi transport department officials. They are already working on an agreement letter. We have asked the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation to resolve this issue at the earliest.”
It is pertinent to mention here that the Delhi transport department on Saturday issued a warning letter to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. If the prohibition is imposed, about 450 buses of Uttarakhand roadways would be barred from entering Delhi.
Union claims drivers working extra, can lead to major accident
Roadways Karmchari Sanyukt Parishad has once again pointed out the need for more drivers, whether through outsourcing or through permanent appointments. According to them due to shortage of drivers, the existing drivers are doing extra shifts without taking proper rest in between. This could even lead to a major road accident in future as seen in cases of accidents caused by taxi drivers dozing off while driving in the past month.
Citing example of one of the drivers of roadways, general secretary of the council, Dinesh Pant said that according to Motor-Vehicle Act 1956, two employees should be sent on longer routes. However, this is not the case in the present scenario. One of the drivers in roadways, Parshuram was sent five times to Bageshwar from June 28th to July 6 by officials of the department.
He further said, “The Bageshwar route is nearly 387 kilometres from Dehradun and requires the driver to be alert at all times. Such routes are tiring and therefore need the driver to be rested and fit. If this continues it is not only dangerous for the driver but for the passengers also.”
It is pertinent to mention that General Manager (Administration and Personnel) Nidhi Yadav earlier stated that they will soon be recruiting drivers for the 300 new buses, for which tender procedure has been completed.
Monday, 08 July 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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