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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:42 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:42 AM (IST)

Bus timetable: PRTC chief clips wings of inspectors

Gagan K Teja

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 20

Cracking down on employees who allegedly help private transporters getting profitable slots by altering the timetables, PRTC managing director MS Narang has withdrawn the powers of all timetable inspectors.

Now, they will not be able to issue no-objection certificate for changing the timetable and all proposals will be sent to the head office for approval.

Sources said the decision was taken after it came to light that many inspectors were hand in glove with private transporters and were allotting profit-earning timings to them at the cost of the PRTC fleet.

“Some of these inspectors would issue the certificate without considering the timings of buses from other depots and it would then be signed by the secretary without any query, affecting PRTC revenue,” the sources added.

This has been mentioned in a letter issued to all its GMs by the MD. From now, any such proposal will be sent to the head office and they will take a call on changes to be affected.

PRTC is facing a fiscal crisis as the Regional Transport Authority had changed the original timetable in 2013. They have even allowed private buses run by political bigwigs to ply on 19 monopoly PRTC routes against norms. No action has been taken despite repeated complaints. The corporation is planning to reinstate the old timetable,” the sources added.

Narang said the decision had been taken for the benefit of PRTC and to rule out foul play.

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