Dharamshala: Well past the midnight hour, GS Bali, cabinet minister for transport, conducted a surprise checking operation to nab illegally operated luxury Volvo buses on the Delhi-Dharamshala route. Nine buses without valid permits are said to have been detained.
A Facebook update of the minister disclosed that Bali began the search operation from Kangra at about 3.30 a.m. and kept it up to Umb on the Dharamshala-Chandigarh highway. The inspection only ended at 8 a.m.
In all 9 buses were found to be travelling illegally on the route.
So as to not put the passengers into any inconvenience, the minister had brought along standby state transport buses. The passengers travelling in the illegal buses were asked to move into the state transport buses while the luxury buses were impounded by the authorities.
Statements of the passengers travelling in these buses were also recorded.
Himachal Road Transport Corporation operates about half a dozen buses on the Dharamshala – Delhi route, but private operators illegally run over a dozen luxury buses on a daily basis and manage to evade paying any taxes.