Bhopal: The long awaited demand of bus operators today came to an end when CM Shivraj declared waiver if tax for five months. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has taken this important decision in the interest of general public and to remove the problems of bus operators. Chief Minister Chouhan said that in view of the problems of bus operators and people connected to this profession, the monthly motor vehicle tax, due on passenger buses during the period April 01, 2020 till August 31, 2020 will be totally waived off. Along with this, in order to normalize the operation of passenger buses again, 50 percent exemption in monthly motor vehicle tax, due for the month of September 2020 has been given and the date for depositing motor vehicle tax has been extended till September 30, 2020.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that with this decision, taken in the interest of bus operators and people of the state, now buses with full capacity will run again in the state. On one hand, the general public will be able to avail transport facility and on the other, jobs connected with passenger buses will start again.
It may be mentioned that in view of prevention of corona virus infection and protection of people, the operation of buses was stopped from March 25, 2020 due to the lockdown. Permissions have also been granted according to the directives issued by the government from time to time. But practically the buses could not operate normally. With the said decision taken by the state government, the problems of the bus operators of the state will end and now the buses will start operating with full capacity for the convenience of the common people. In this sequence, by entrusting the responsibility to the Fare Fixation Committee, instructions have been given for earlier re-fixation of passenger fare.