Income from govt buses has increased by 17.24 percent: Punjab transport Minister

The Minister then hits out at former CM Capt Amarinder Singh and calls him 'compromised CM'

Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, the Punjab Transport Minister, on Thursday presented his ‘report card’ of 21 days after taking over the position and said that an increase of 17.24 percent in income of government buses, that is nearly Rs 7.98 crore, was registered between 1 and 15 October alone.
 
Warring addressed in a press conference said, “The collection of government buses Punjab Roadways and PRTC was Rs 46.28 crore between September 15 and 30 and increased to Rs 54.26 crore between the October 1 and 15.”
 
Warring said that daily collection of the transport department had registered an increase of around Rs 53 lakh. “After strictness against defaulters, the department has collected Rs 3.29 crore as part of pending government tax and majority of the amount has been deposited by the big companies/operators,” he added.
 
The Minister then hits out at former CM  Capt Amarinder Singh and calls him 'compromised CM' and accused that the former CM could not fulfil the main promise to end the mafia when Congress got to form government in the state.
 
Warring also stated that these achievements in the transport department could have been registered in four and a half years ago. He even apologized for not being able to fulfill the promises he made during the elections soon.
 
The Minister called Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia and SAD president Sukhbir Badal as the “kingpins of the transport mafia” and even accused Amarinder of “compromising” with the erstwhile SAD-BJP alliance.
 
After these statements by warring, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) hits back at Warring, asking him about other Corruption in the department.
 
Warring on the other hand said that around Rs 400 crore will be spent on the new bus stands/workshops. Around 52 new bus stands would be constructed with Rs 230 crore, while around 70 bus stands would be upgraded at a cost of Rs 45 crore. New 842 busses will be purchased and 800 recruitment will be made and the purchase order has already been given to Tata motors.
This time maintenance of the bus stands will also be kept in mind and no gap or corruption in the department will be allowed.  He also said many other developments will be made and several other initiatives will be taken soon.

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