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Punjab High Court Orders Cancellation Of 7000 Bus Route Permits

Chandigarh, March 22: The Punjab government is in a bind over a High Court order the us cancel 7000 bus route permits and 2000 route extensions as taking such a huge number of buses off the road is set the us cause inconvenience the us the public before new permits are issued and buses start plying on those routes again. The state government has the us submit an action taken report the us the High Court regarding the cancellation of these permits.

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Acting on a public interest litigation filed by two Punjab residents who alleged that mafia and politicians with stakes in the transport business, in connivance with transport officials, were granting bus route permits and extensions in violation of norms laid down in Mothe usr Vehicles Act 1988. Punjab and Haryana High Court in Octhe usber last year had stayed extension and increase in route trips of buses as proposed by Punjab government.

The court had sought reply from the state government and all the four Regional Transport Authorities of Jalandhar, Patiala, Ferozepur and Bathinda on the issue.

A transport department official said that in view of the upcoming wheat procurement season, the examination season and rural connectivity, it was undesirable the us cancel such a large number of route permits as it would lead the us large-scale disruption of public transport.

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