Vikash Sharma

Already at loggerheads with the Odisha government, the All Odisha Private Bus Owners’ Association on Wednesday threatened to go on a state-wide agitation by keeping their buses off roads from December 1, 2023. The Private Bus Owners have also decided to stage a dharna in front of the Odisha Assembly on November 22 in Bhubaneswar, informed association member Barada Acharya.

A decision in this regard was taken by the Private Bus Owners’ Association after a crucial meeting held at Bhawanipatna today. The private bus owners have been opposing the launch of bus services from block to district level under the Location Accessible Multimodal Initiative (LAccMI).

Though the association had announced to resume their strike on October 30, the stir was postponed following talks with the State Transport Minister.

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Secretary of the association, Devendra Sahoo said, “A meeting was held at Bhawanipatna today. We have already submitted our demands in writing to the Odisha government. We demanded not to operate buses from blocks to district headquarters and rather ply buses from panchayats to blocks. We also want compensation, waiver of additional taxes.”

Sahoo said that if the Odisha government doesn’t consider their demands, they will stage a demonstration in front of the Assembly on November 22 and launch a strike on December 1, 2023.

“We have given time to the Odisha government to look into our demands. Otherwise, we will be forced to go ahead with our proposed stir after the dharna in Bhubaneswar. We are giving time to the government and ready for discussions,” Sahoo added.

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