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A Tribune Investigation

Punjab Public Transport - 1
Badals, buses and public losses
How the public transport sector was manipulated by political bigwigs at the cost of the state exchequer and the weaker sections in Punjab
Chandigarh, September 26
When the Lokpal of Punjab, Daljit Singh Dhaliwal, recently ordered an inquiry into the alleged illegal operation of buses belonging to private transporters of Punjab in the Union Territory of Chandigarh he was evidently looking at only the tip of the iceberg.
A file photo of Parkash Singh Badal flagging off an AC coach at a function.
A file photo of Parkash Singh Badal flagging off an AC coach at a function.

Punjab Public Transport - 2
How the Badals hijacked Punjabís luxury bus business
Chandigarh, September 27
In the past five years, there has been a decisive shift in the ownership of buses for public transport. While Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) were the public sector behemoths that controlled almost 60 per cent of the market share a decade ago, they have since lost their share substantially to the private sector.

Punjab Public Transport - 3
How the transport policy was manipulated for private profit
Chandigarh, September 28
Soon after it came to power in February 2007, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance government headed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal decided to review the existing public transport policy.

Punjab Public Transport - 4
Public losses, private profits
Chandigarh, September 29
Transport corporations in the public sector in Punjab today face the same fate as Air India does in the aviation sector. If Air India is deep in the red after the open skies policy which saw private sector airliners mushroom, the two major Punjab state transport undertakings, Punjab Roadways and PEPSU Road Transport Corporation, PRTC, are rapidly going down the same road.

Why state transport undertakings are losing out

A tribune investigation Punjab Public Transport - 5
Silence of the lambs
Inter-city rail links have been inexplicably delayed yet the state MPs donít yell
Chandigarh, September 30
After years of public pressure, the Union Ministry of Railways finally scheduled a non-stop train linking Chandigarh with Amritsar earlier this year. But even as it complied with the popular demand, it introduced one of the slowest of its Duronto trains.



 

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