Bhopal: Intra-state services may hit from July 15, private bus owners seek permit tax waiver for lockdown days
BL Soni

BHOPAL: Private bus owners have sought permit tax waiver for the lockdown period. The members of the Prime Route Bus Ownersí Association are going to meet Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to press for their demands.

Private bus owners of Madhya Pradesh have demanded a waiver of the permit tax for the period between April and June this year, saying they could not operate their business during these three months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown. They said they might even stop plying their buses if the state government did not accept their demand.

The president of the association, Govind Sharma, said a delegation of the private bus operators was scheduled to meet the chief minister to seek a waiver of around Rs 200 crore in tax amount for these months.

Private operators run around 35,000 buses in the state, he said, adding that some of them own 10 to 40 buses.

Faced massives losses

"If the talks with the government fail, weíre going to seriously think about discontinuing our servicesóprimarily the intra-state servicesófrom July 15. We have to pay monthly permit tax for the buses. From April to June, our buses mostly stayed off the roads due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown in the state. Weíve faced massive losses and donít have money to pay the tax." -Govind Sharma, president, Private Bus Owners' Association

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