Roadways

FIR against Dpty CM Badal’s bus company

Jalandhar

The Jalandhar police recently registered an FIR against the staff of Orbit Aviation Private Limited for “hijacking” passengers from a Pepsu Road Transport Corporation bus.

Orbit Aviation Private Limited is one of the transport companies in which Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has the majority stake through one of his other companies (Orbit Resorts). The incident is an example of the growing friction between private transport companies and public road sector corporations that service the bus routes in Punjab.

In September, 2011, The Tribune had published an award-winning series of reports that exposed how transport companies associated by Sukhbir Badal dominated the luxury and super luxury buses operated by private transporters controlling more than half of the 295 buses that plied. The series revealed how the private sector had come to dominate this lucrative segment to the determinant of state-owned public transport companies that had incurred huge losses.

Read the full report here, Tribune

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