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Punjab: STA seizes luxury bus for interstate transportation, imposes heavy fine

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The  State Transport Authority (STA) seized a bus and imposed a heavy fine against the driver of the luxury bus. The bus was transporting an interstate passenger from Chandigarh to different parts of Uttar Pradesh. The deluxe bus was seized near Mani Majra.

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The STA got the information about the three buses but found only one bus at the location. The bus was later taken to PS Mani Majra.

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Later, the owner of the bus submitted a total fine of Rs 24,000 and get his bus released. In Chandigarh, interstate transportation including private and government buses has been suspended till September 16.

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The STA has seized and imposed heavy fines to at least five commercial vehicles for transporting the passengers from Chandigarh to other states, in the last one week only.

Sources informed that the passengers were sitting inside the bus without following any social distancing norms, without getting their hands sanitized and most of them have not worn masks.

STA Inspector Jiya Lal Singh said, “However, the interstate movement is suspended in the Chandigarh, the private transporters are taking advantage of the situation. They are charging high fees from the people who are desperate to go to their native states.”

He further added, according to their information, the vehicles are parked within the Chandigarh, but the owners picked up the passengers from the neighboring cities including Panchkula and Mohali.

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Raiding the locations, as got the information: STA official

In Mani Majra, a deluxe bus with a UP registration number was found parked near Mansa Devi Road. Also, the passengers were entering the bus without following social distancing norms. The STA officials inquiries and found that the bus, as well as the owner, don’t have any permit. The total fine that was charged summed up to Rs 24,000.

The STA is raiding the locations as soon as they are getting any information related to interstate transportation.

Sources also told that the STA team got information about a bus parked in Dhanas, but found nothing there.

STA Secretary Harjeet Singh Sandhu said, ” Our staff members are on checking strictly. No transporters are allowed to take passengers from Chandigarh to other states.”

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has decided to resume its interstate bus operations in Punjab and Haryana from September 16.

Also, read New safety and precautions updates from Delhi Metro