HC Blocks Permits To Private Operators For RTC Routes Till Nov 11
The Telangana High Court directed the State government not issue any permits to private operators for 5,100 routes of the TSRTC until the next hearing on November 11.
Hyderabad | 8th November 2019
The Telangana High Court on Friday directed the State government not to take any steps on issuing permits to private operators for 5,100 routes of the TSRTC until the next hearing of the cases regarding the ongoing TSRTC employees' strike on November 11.
It also directed the TSRTC to file its counter-affidavit on the issue.
The court made this order while dealing with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by P L Visweswar Rao, Vice-President of the Telangana Jana Samithi.
The court also directed the State Advocate General to produce a certified copy of the Cabinet decision on the issue.
On Friday, the State government filed its counter-affidavit in the PIL, stating that a policy decision had been taken on the issue in accordance with the law enacted by Parliament.
The State government said that the aim behind the privatization of bus routes was to provide comfortable transport facilities to the public.
However, the HC rejected the argument.
Speaking on behalf of the Centre, Advocate Namavarapu Rajeshwar Rao also said that the Telangana government had not sought permission from the Centre for privatization of the TSRTC.
The HC also expressed displeasure with the State government over the incorrect documents provided by it to the court.
It suggested that the State government conduct a meeting with the RTC employees over the strike.
The RTC unions' JAC expressed its happiness over the HC decision.
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