The Indore bench of MP High Court on Wednesday allowed the private buses operating on All India permit to operate from city areas unless the district administration makes any notification.
The private bus operators who were forced to move out of the city by the administration will make their base again at Navlakha. Around 200 buses operate from Navlakha on All India permit.
Listening to the petition filed by five private bus operators, Justice NK Mody permitted the bus operators to operate from their respective locations until a new notification is made by the district administration.
Counsel for the petitioners, Akash Sharma said, “Justice Mody said that the bus operators shall be permitted to operate from their offices until the administration makes any new notification.”
Director of Inter City Travels, Hari Dubey said that five operators including Inter City Travels, Hans Travels, Citizen Travels, Dhariwal Travels and Radhika Travels had filed the petition. The petition was filed against the restriction laid by the administration on operation of private buses from Navlakha.
“We had sought permission from the administration to allow two-three buses from our offices but the administration had turned down our request,” said Dubey.
The administration had provided us space near Rajiv Gandhi Square and instructed to develop basic facilities at the bus stand. However, rainfall disrupted the development process and both the passengers as well as operators faced a lot of inconvenience at the proposed bus stand.
“We had made developments like levelling of ground, water and toilet facilities etc at the bus stand. However, the plan did not succeed and thus we moved our bases out of city,” said Dubey.