Nagpurians heaved a sigh of relief after Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) assured to pay the balance amount of almost 12.5 crores to three Aapli Bus (Red Bus) operators each on Friday afternoon. The Aapli Bus services had shut down its services for two days in the city thus causing extreme inconvenience to commuters.
The three Red Bus operators refused to ply commuters in all their 350 buses after NMC failed to make them a payment of 14 crores each. NMC Commissioner Virendra Singh urged the operators to resume services after the NMC paid 1.5 crores to each but all efforts went futile. The operators demanded that at least 50% (seven crores) of the entire outstanding amount should be paid to each.
Singh along with Transport Manager Shivaji Jagtap held a meeting with the operators in the morning thus requesting the latter to ply at least 20 buses each. Singh made the request as a part of the payment amounting to Rs 1.5 crores was paid to each operator. The operators claimed they were left with no money as the banks adjusted same amount released by the NMC towards their credit dues.
Pradhav Bokare, who works with Deputy Mayor of NMC Deepraj Pardikar, said, “The operators resumed their services at 3:25 pm today. The commissioner and deputy mayor have assured the operators that they’d be paid their dues after NMC receives money.”