Uddhav Thackeray Promises Merger Of Mumbai’s BEST, BMC Buses


Shiv Sena had promised merger of the budgets during the civic poll campaign in 2017.

Mumbai: 

While the strike at the city bus service BEST entered the sixth day Sunday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said his party will fulfil its promise to merge the budget of the transport undertaking with that of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Shiv Sena controls the BMC apart from being a partner in the BJP-led Maharashtra government. One of the demands of the BEST workers who are on strike since Tuesday is merger of the budgets of the BMC and the loss-making BEST.

Shiv Sena had promised merger of the budgets during the civic poll campaign in 2017.

“The financial condition of the BEST has deteriorated. I had given the promise of merger of the budgets and that will be fulfilled. A solution can be found only through the talks. Even though the BEST strike issue is in the court, I am ready to be part of the discussion if necessary,” Mr Thackeray said.

He also said with the BEST facing financial troubles, unreasonable demands would create more problems.

A Sena-affiliated union had withdrawn from the strike on the second day and its leaders had claimed a minimum of 500 buses will start plying on the roads from the next day.

But the claim fell flat on its face as barely any bus has run on Mumbai’s streets in the last seven days.

Talking about BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta hinting at privatisation as an option, Mr Thackeray said it could not be the final solution.

“We will not let the ownership slip away from us (BMC). There could be privatisation of few buses but no final decision has been taken yet,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), led by Uddhav’s estranged cousin Raj Thackeray, threatened to hit the streets on Monday if the state government, BMC administration and the ruling parties failed to find a solution and end the strike.

“We support the strike and the BEST employees. Their demands are just. If those demands are not met, the MNS will launch a protest,” said MNS leader Sandip Deshpande.





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mumbai best buses strike continue on 5th day on 12 january 2019


बेस्ट के करीब 32,000 से ज्यादा कर्मचारी मंगलवार को अपनी कई मांगों की पूर्ति के लिए हड़ताल पर चले गए थे. वे वेतन बढ़ाने, बेस्ट और बीएमसी के बजट को साथ करने की मांग कर रहे हैं.

मुंबई में पांचवें दिन भी बेस्‍ट बसों की हड़ताल जारी, लाखों लोग परेशान

शनिवार को पांचवें दिन भी जारी है बेस्‍ट बसों की हड़ताल. फोटो ANI





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Delhi HC grants permission to DMRC to buy semi-low floor buses for feeder service


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Ashok Leyland Bags Orders For 2580 Buses From State Transports


Ashok Leyland has received orders from IRT, Chennai, UPSRTC, and CTU for a total of 2580 buses. All the buses will be delivered before March 2019.

In one of the single largest orders from State Transport Undertakings for a single OEM, Ashok Leyland has bagged an order to supply 2580 buses. The buses have been ordered by the Institue of Road Transport (IRT), Chennai; Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC), and Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU). The company says that all the orders will be delivered before March 2019.

Speaking about the orders, Ashok Leyland – Managing Director, Vinod K. Dasari said, “We are very happy to receive the confirmation of these orders from State Transport Undertakings. Our ability to bring value, combined with our superior technology and innovation will help us maintain our leadership position in buses in India.”

Adding further, Ashok Leyland – Senior Vice President, Sanjay Saraswat said, “Our buses are durable, robust and employ the latest in technology. The cost of ownership and the product experience which we can deliver is the best in the industry. Our in-depth understanding of what works for our markets and customers is what differentiates us and has helped us win these orders.”

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Delhi government implements decision to allow students’ concessional passes in AC buses


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Students’ Concessional Passes In AC Buses Implemented In Delhi


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The Delhi government has started implementing its decision to allow concessional passes for students in air-conditioned public transport buses.

The passes that cost Rs 100 per month were so far allowed only in non-AC buses in the city run by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses of Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot Friday said a notification validating the concessional student passes in air-conditioned buses has been issued and implemented.

“Congratulations to Delhi students. As promised by your government now your student pass is valid in AC buses. Notification has been issued & the decision has now been implemented,” Mr Gahlot tweeted.

Last month, the Delhi Cabinet had approved a proposal of the Transport Department to allow students having concessional passes to commute in AC buses as well.

The facility will benefit students of the Delhi government’s educational institutions besides those in institutions run by the municipal corporations and the central government.

It will also be available to mentally challenged students of the institutions run by the government, local bodies or government-aided societies.

A circular issued by the Transport Department on Friday communicated to all officials concerned to extend the facility to the students.





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47 Dead As Two Buses Collide In Zimbabwe: Police


Reports said the morgue at the local public hospital in Rusape had run out of space after the accident

Harare, Zimbabwe: 

Forty-seven people were killed in Zimbabwe Wednesday when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the eastern town of Rusape, police told AFP.

“We confirm 47 people have died in a road traffic accident at the 166-kilometre peg along the Harare-Mutare highway,” police spokesman Paul Nyathi said.

On Twitter, the state-run Herald newspaper said pictures from the scene were too graphic to post.

The paper said the morgue at the local public hospital in Rusape had run out of space and sought help from a private funeral parlour to take in some of the corpses. 

Traffic accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where roads are riddled with potholes due to years of underfunding and neglect, but the highway where the accident occurred had been recently resurfaced. 

In June last year, 43 people were killed in a bus crash in the north of the country, along the highway leading to neighbouring Zambia.

Deputy Transport Minister Fortune Chasi said the government will take steps to curb the road carnage.

“Totally needless loss of lives. This event should be the last before stern measures are taken,” he tweeted, promising to rein in public service vehicles and their owners.

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BJP And Trinamool Supporters Clash In Many Areas. Buses Vandalised, Trains Stopped


West Bengal: 

The BJP has called a 12-hour bandh today in West Bengal, protesting the death of two youth at North Dinajpur’s Islampur. Sporadic incidents of violence have been reported across the state. The police are out in full force in capital Kolkata and other sensitive districts.

Protesters have attacked private buses in Howrah’s Tikiapara area and clashes between the Trinamool and BJP supporters have been reported in Barasat. In Cooch Behar and Midnapore, state government buses have been vandalised. Protesters blocked train tracks on the Howrah-Bardhaman main line.

Protesters have also obstructed trains in Sealdah-Barasat-Bongaon, Sealdah-Diamond Harbour and Kawta-Bandel sections. Drivers of the state government buses were seen wearing helmets. 

The Trinamool government has warned that stern action will be taken against those trying to enforce the 12-hour bandh today. Party general secretary and state education minister Partha Chatterjee accused the BJP of trying to foment trouble in the state and said all steps will be taken to ensure normal life is not affected.  The minister has asked schools and colleges to remain open. Some private schools however, have declared a holiday, fearing violence.
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The BJP has claimed that the shutdown would be a total as “the entire state is fed up with the misrule of TMC”.  “People will participate in this strike peacefully. But if the TMC and its goons try to foil the strike, there will be repercussions,” said the state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. 

“The state government is trying to hush up the incident in Islampur. But we won’t stop until and unless justice is delivered,” said Mr Ghosh.

A war of words broke out on the eve of the bandh between the two parties. While the Trinamool minister alleged, “the BJP is trying to instill fear among the people and the kind of language they are using is completely unacceptable,” the BJP accused the state police officers of working with the Mamata Banerjee government. “The TMC government will not be there after 2021 but they (officers) have long services. We (BJP) will not spare them… We will remember their names. We have sharp memories,” said the state BJP chief in North Dinajpur on Sunday.

The opposition Congress and Left parties have protested the Islampur incident but have not supported the BJP’s bandh call. Both parties accused both Trinamool and the BJP of trying to communalise the incident.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is currently on an European tour, has ordered extra police force to be deployed to stop BJP activists from disrupting normal life. “Extra precautionary measures have been taken to counter the bandh. All sanctioned holidays have been cancelled as all senior police officers will be on the city roads,” said a top officer.

Rajesh Sarkar, a former student, died after being hit in the back by a bullet during the clashes between protesters and the police in Islampur last Friday. Another student, Tapas Barman, also died of gunshot wounds at the North Bengal Medical College, where he was taken for treatment. The clashes in Islampur erupted over protests over the appointment of Urdu teachers in a local government school.





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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)

Jaipur: 

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.”

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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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