4,500 Buses To Remain Off Roads Today As Employees Strike

Employees’ Unions have called for a one-day strike, but it can be extended (File)


Over 4, 500 buses remained off the roads in Rajasthan on Monday as state transport corporation employees went on a strike over various demands, including implementation of the seventh pay panel’s recommendations.

Employees’ Unions have called for a one-day strike, but it can be extended, Rajasthan Roadways Workers’ Union, general secretary, Kishan Singh Rathore, told PTI.

“There are 4,716 buses with the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). This includes nearly 1,000 buses that are on contract, and most of them are not operating. This one-day call may be extended,” he said.

Mr Rathore said the unions held a meeting with Transport Minister Yunus Khan Sunday, but it failed and the strike began at midnight.

“Our main demands are that our salary should be as per the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, there must be new recruitment in the corporation and new buses be purchased,” he said.

Commuters across Rajasthan faced hardship due to the strike.

Mr Rathore claimed that about 10 lakh people use RSRTC buses everyday.

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Ashok Leyland Bags An Order For 200 Buses From Bangladesh

Ashok Leyland has announced the winning of another order from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) for the supply of 200 Ashok Leyland buses.

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The buses will be manufactured in India and exported to Bangladesh as completely built-up (CBU)

Ashok Leyland today announced bagging a new order to supply 200 buses to the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). The home-grown commercial and heavy vehicle manufacturer has received an order for Single Decker AC buses which includes Intercity AC buses as well as City AC buses. The buses will be manufactured in India and exported to Bangladesh as completely built-up (CBU) units and BRTC will be procuring these new single decker AC buses against a tender under Indian Line of Credit.

Announcing the order win, Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said, “We continue to serve the Bangladesh market and this repeat order, after the double-decker bus order, is a testament of the trust they have in our brand. Bangladesh continues to be one of our most important export markets. And it will continue to play a key role in our strategy of increasing our export share in total revenue.”


Early last year, Ashok Leyland has announced opening a new assembly plant in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The company entered into a partnership with Bangladesh’s IFAD Autos Limited, and the plant was supposed to be built over a period of 15 months. Ashok Leyland is looking to consolidate its presence globally and this is just one step in that direction. The plant will have a capacity to roll out 600-800 vehicles each month and will be equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and assembly lines.

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7 Dead, 30 Injured As Buses Collide Head-On Near Tamil Nadu’s Salem

30 people injured in the accident are being treated at a government hospital in Salem (Representational)


Seven people, including two women, were killed and 30 others injured when two buses collided head-on on in Tamil Nadu today, police said.

The incident happened at around 2 am on the outskirts of Salem, around 150 kms from Coimbatore, when a speeding bus heading towards Krishnagiri brushed against a mini-van parked on the national highway before colliding head-on with another bus coming from the opposite direction, they said.

The bus overturned after the collision, resulting in the death of seven people, the police added.

The Tamil Nadu police carried out rescue operations through the night. This morning, Salem District Collector Rohini also visited the site of the accident.

Thirty other passengers who were injured in the accident have been admitted to a government hospital in Salem, the police added.

More details awaited.


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Eicher Trucks And Buses Bags Order For 350 Heavy Duty Trucks From Bangladesh

The Eicher 20.16 has been designed to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior uptime with modern ergonomics.

Eicher Trucks & Buses, part of VE Commercial Vehicles, has bagged an order for 350 heavy duty trucks from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). BRTC has bought 350 units of Eicher 20.16, which is a 16 tonnes GVW haulage truck. According to the company, the Eicher 20.16 has been designed to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior uptime with modern ergonomics. Moreover, the company says that this development will further drive VECV’s vision of modernizing the commercial vehicle industry in Bangladesh. The delivery of the order is expected to take place within 8 months.

Also Read: Eicher Introduces New 7-Speed Gearbox Medium Duty Trucks

SS Gill, Senior Vice President and Head, International Business, VECV said, “The commercial vehicle industry in Bangladesh has been growing rapidly in the past few years. This market is a key export region for us and there is a growing demand for fuel efficient, reliable trucks to fulfil customer requirements.”

Also Read: Eicher Trucks And Buses Receives ICAT Certification For BS-VI Compliant CNG Engine

He added, “Eicher Trucks & Buses has led the introduction of modern technology in Bangladesh with best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior reliability and a host of features to enhance the comfort and safety of drivers and profitability for transporters. This order further strengthens our position in Bangladesh, where we have been growing by over 37 per cent CAGR for the last 5 years.”

Also Read: Eicher Pro 6049 And Pro 6041 Tractor Trailors Launched In India


VECV also announced that the company will look to strengthen the aftersales networks and parts distribution in Bangladesh. Currently, the company has 29 touchpoints where trucks and buses can be serviced and over 220 retail points where parts are available across Bangladesh.

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Raksha bandhan Gift of UP Roadways special buses from 24th to 29th August

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Vietnam’s Vinfast In Deal With Siemens For Technology To Make Electric Buses

VinFast said the deals will enable it to launch the first electric bus by the end of 2019.

VinFast Trading and Production LLC has signed two contracts with Siemens Vietnam, a unit of Siemens AG, for the supply of technology and components to manufacture electric buses in the Southeast Asian country. VinFast, a unit of Vietnam’s biggest private conglomerate, Vingroup JSC, said on Monday the deals will enable it to launch the first electric bus by the end of 2019.

Also Read: Vietnamese Carmaker VinFast To Unveil SUV And Sedan At The 2018 Paris Motor Show

“Electric buses are an essential element of sustainable urban public transportation systems,” Siemens Vietnam President and CEO Pham Thai Lai said in the statement.

VinFast will also produce electric motorcycles, electric cars and gasoline cars from its $1.5-billion factory being built in Haiphong City, it said.

Also Read: Pininfarina Develops Two Cars For Vietnamese Carmaker VinFast

In June, General Motors Co agreed to transfer its Vietnamese operation to VinFast, which will also exclusively distribute GM’s Chevrolet cars in Vietnam.


(Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Mob Sets Three Buses On Fire After Truck Crushes Man To Death

The locals had set three buses on fire which were passing through the area police said.


A speeding truck crushed a man to death in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Friday following which a mob set fire to three buses, police said.

The incident occurred on Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi road near Jhapahan chowk under the jurisdiction of Ahiyapur police station of the district, Ahiyapur police station Inspector Manoj Kumar told reporters.

The deceased has been identified as Anil Singh (35), a resident of Rampurhari village of the district, Inspector Kumar said.

Protesting against the death of Mr Singh in the mishap angry local people set three buses on fire which were passing through the area besides damaging the windscreens and window panes of around a dozen other vehicles, he said.

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Maratha movement: Rail Roko in Pune, buses burnt in Sangli and Solapur

खास बातें

  1. तीन विधायकों ने मराठा आरक्षण के पक्ष में इस्तीफे की पेशकश की
  2. मुख्यमंत्री देवेंन्द्र फड़णवीस ने अपने निवास पर मंत्रियों की बैठक बुलाई
  3. एमएनएस प्रमुख ने मराठा आरक्षण पर फड़णवीस के ढुलमुल रैवये की निंदा की

मुंबई: महाराष्ट्र में मराठा आरक्षण की मांग को लेकर बुधवार को हुई हिंसा के बाद गुरुवार को मुंबई और उसके आसपास के इलाकों में भले ही शांति है लेकिन कुछ जिलों में आज भी आंदोलन जारी है. पुणे में आंदोलनकारियों ने रेल रोकी, तो सांगली और सोलापुर में बसों में आग लगा दी. औरंगाबाद में भी शांतिपूर्वक आंदोलन जारी है.

राज्य के अलग-अलग पार्टियों के तीन विधायक अब तक मराठा आरक्षण के पक्ष में इस्तीफे की पेशकश कर चुके हैं. इस बीच खबर है कि मुख्यमंत्री देवेंन्द्र फड़णवीस ने रात में अपने निवास पर मंत्रियों की बैठक बुलाई है. शिवसेना के बाद एमएनएस प्रमुख ने मराठा आरक्षण पर मुख्यमंत्री देवेंद्र फड़णवीस के ढुलमुल रैवये की निंदा की है.

यह भी पढ़ें : आरक्षण की मांग कर रहे मराठा मोर्चा ने मुंबई बंद वापस लिया, हिंसा में तीन पुलिसकर्मी घायल

आरक्षण देने की मांक को लेकर मराठा समुदाय के बंद के दौरान बुधवार को हिंसा हुई थी. प्रदर्शनकारियों ने नवी मुंबई तथा सतारा जिले में पुलिसकर्मियों पर पत्थर फेंके जिससे तीन जवान घायल हो गए. बाद में नौकरियों और शिक्षा में आरक्षण के समर्थन में आंदोलन का नेतृत्व कर रहे ‘मराठा क्रांति मोर्चा’ ने मुंबई बंद वापस ले लिया. मुंबई में बुधवार को सुबह शुरू हुआ बंद विभिन्न भागों में हिंसा होने के बाद अपराह्न तीन बजे से पहले वापस ले लिया गया.


VIDEO : हिंसक हुए आंदोलनकारी

मोर्चे के नेता वीरेंद्र पवार ने संवाददाताओं से कहा, ‘‘हम केवल यह साबित करना चाहते थे कि हम एक साथ हैं और हमने इसे साबित भी कर दिया. हम प्रदर्शनों को हिंसक बनते हुए नहीं देखना चाहते और इसलिए, हम आज के लिए मुंबई में अपना बंद वापस ले रहे हैं.’’ इस मोर्चे के एक अन्य नेता ने कहा कि नौ अगस्त को एक बार फिर बंद का आह्वान किया जा सकता है लेकिन इस संबंध में अंतिम फैसला सभी मराठा संगठनों के वरिष्ठ सदस्यों से सलाह मशविरा करने के बाद किया जाएगा.

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Supreme Court Not Satisfied With Delhi Government Affidavit On Electric Buses

New Delhi: 

Expressing its dissatisfaction, the Supreme Court today called “deficient” an affidavit filed by the Delhi government on issues related to the procurement of 1,000 low-floor electric buses, and asked it to prepare a comprehensive plan within six weeks.

The court said the government’s affidavit was “deficient” as the issues required a detailed comprehensive plan, including the details of availability of funds, land for bus depots, charging stations, nature of electric buses and infrastructure for an intelligent transport system.

“Tell your people not to be in a hurry because in hurry, you will have problems. Have a solid plan about it. You can have experts for this,” a bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta told Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, who represented Delhi government.

Ms Anand told the court that she would instruct Delhi government to come out with a comprehensive plan on it taking into consideration the issues raised by the bench within six weeks.

The bench also questioned Delhi government’s proposal to use funds collected from the environment compensation charge (ECC) for procurement of electric buses.

“It (ECC funds) is to be used for particular purposes and not for substituting money which you have got from the Union of India or which is a part of your budget. Newspaper reports say Delhi has potholes on roads. You cannot use these funds for repairing potholes. That’s part of your job,” the bench said.

The court said that the budgetary allocation for procurement of buses for public transport should be used for this instead of funds collected under the ECC.

“You purchase buses. There is no difficulty on it. Your budgeted money is supposed to be used for it,” it said.

At the outset, the ASG said that Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) has been appointed as consultant for procurement of electric buses.

Advocate Aparajita Singh, assisting the apex court as an amicus curiae, told the bench that budgetary allocation were made earlier for procurement of buses in Delhi but Rs 150 crore allocated for it was not used by the Delhi Transport Corporation.

Ms Singh said ECC funds should not be used for procuring electric buses as these funds were meant for other purposes.

Meanwhile, the ASG said that out of the required 11,000 buses for public transport, Delhi has only 5,554 buses.

She said that Delhi government’s decision to procure 2,000 standard buses was stayed by the Delhi High Court on a petition which has said that only low-floor buses should be purchased.

Referring to the affidavit, the ASG said availability of land for construction of bus depots was also an issue and they have given details in the affidavit about discussions with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on land.

“You will never get so much of land. DDA will never give you so much land,” the bench said.

The amicus said Delhi government officials have to sit and talk with the departments concerned to chalk out a tangible plan.

The bench told the ASG that the Delhi government has to look into the issue like where to have charging stations for these electric buses and where these vehicles would be parked.

“Let me come back with a comprehensive plan,” the ASG said.

Towards the end of the hearing, the bench observed that the government would have to look into the issue of whether the roads would be able to handle these 1,000 electric buses.

In its affidavit, Delhi government had said that its “all-out efforts” to augment bus fleet to meet the requirement of 11,000 buses was hindered due to non-availability of land for depots and repeated failure of tenders issued by DTC for procurement of vehicles.

It had said that there were 1,275 low-floor AC buses, 2,506 low-floor non-AC buses and 101 Green standard-floor non-AC buses.

Besides these, 1,672 orange-coloured standard low-floor buses were also plying on roads, it had said.

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Delhi Cabinet Approves Hiring Consultant To Run 1,000 Electric Buses

Delhi cabinet approved hiring of consultant to run 1,000 electric buses in Delhi. (File Photo)

New Delhi: 

The Delhi government today approved hiring a consultant to run 1,000 electric buses, a move Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed a big step towards modernising transport and reducing pollution.

The decision to hire the consultant was taken at a Cabinet meeting of the Delhi government.

“Cabinet approves hiring of consultant to run 1000 electric buses in Delhi. A big step in modernizing Delhi’s transport sector and reducing pollution,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted.

The procurement of e-buses was discussed in the cabinet meeting yesterday as well but it was deferred to Transport department over some “technical” queries.

Earlier this month, Supreme Court had questioned the Delhi government over its proposal to procure low-floor e buses and about the time required to set up charging stations for the fleet.

The court had also directed the government to explore the possibility of using hydrogen fuel cell powered buses that are considered more cost-effective than e buses.

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