Am­rit­sar city bus ser­vice stalls

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Launched in 2014, the Am­rit­sar city bus ser­vice project has stalled af­ter in­cur­ring heavy losses. Put in place to stream­line the chaotic city traf­fic, and to pro­vide an af­ford­able pub­lic trans­port sys­tem to the peo­ple of the city, the bus ser­vice, op­er­ated by Anan­tha Pad­man­abha Tran­sit Pri­vate Lim­ited (APTPL) has cited a rea­son of in­cur­ring a loss of Ru­pees-two crore over the last three years of op­er­a­tion. Non sus­tain­able any longer, the loss the city bus ser­vice has suf­fered, is at­trib­uted to the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to curb a large pop­u­la­tion of il­le­gal auto rick­shaws ply­ing in the city. Ex­perts claim that the fate of Bus Rapid Trans­port Sys­tem (BRTS) will be the same if the sit­u­a­tion was not dealt with promptly. What is sur­pris­ing is that APTPL is suc­cess­fully op­er­at­ing 460 and 160 buses at Raipur and Bhopal sans the men­ace of il­le­gal auto rick­shaws. Claim­ing that at a sim­i­lar ser­vice in Lud­hi­ana and Ja­land­har shut down due to the same rea­son ear­lier, ex­perts have called for ef­forts to re­vive the stalled city bus ser­vice, and to en­sure that the BRTS project does not stall ei­ther.

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