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Posted at: Jul 12, 2018, 1:30 AM; last updated: Jul 12, 2018, 1:30 AM (IST)

Bus pass: Students irked over delay

Bus pass: Students irked over delay

Jaswant Shetra

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11

A large number of students from various villages nearby , who come to the city for obtaining higher education, have to face problems as the Punjab Roadways’ process for making bus passes for students is “quite slow”.

The state government has given the facility of bus passes for the rural students so that they can obtain higher education without spending huge money on traveling. However, as the process of making bus passes has been quite slow, students are inconvenienced. Students said sometimes they had to wait for one week to 10 days to get their bus passes issued. Similar problem is faced by those students who want to get their bus passes renewed.

Students said they had to visit the Punjab Roadways office at the bus stand several time before they get their passes. They say sometimes they have to skip their classes to get the passes issues.

“I had submitted the form to get a bus pass on Friday, but I have not been issued any pass till now. I have been visiting the office for three days, but every day, they tell me that my bus pass is not complete yet,” said Jashanpreet, an MA student of SCD Government College in Ludhiana.

Students lamented that they had no option, but to spend money from their own pocket for travelling due to the delay in getting bus passes. “I study at Arya College. I have to spend Rs 60 every day for commuting to and from the city. The authorities should understand our problem and try to issue bus passes as soon as possible,” said another student from Jassowal village near Jagraon.

Gursewak Rajpal, General Manager, Punjab Roadways, Ludhiana, said he was unaware of the problems being faced by students in getting bus passes. “I will take up the matter with the officers concerned and instruct them to issue the passes at the earliest,” he assured.


Drivers’ misconduct

Students accuse the conductors of the Punjab Roadways buses of treating them badly. “Sometimes, drivers do not stop their buses at our stop, as a majority of the commuters are students. The Roadways staff often use foul language against students. If the government has provided us with the facility of bus passes on concessional rates, it shall also make sure that students are treated properly by the staff of the Punjab Roadways,” said Jashanpreet Singh, a student. 

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