MUMBAI: The school bus owners association (SBOA) has petitioned Maharashtra governor Bhagar Singh Koshyari, demanding concession in taxes and other relief till December 2022.
The bus operators have been impacted during pandemic as schools have been closed for over a year now, and there is summer vacation at present.
Said SBOA president Anil Garg, “In Mumbai, 8,000 school buses have been badly hit due to schools being closed for the past one year. As a result, the driver and conductor and a woman attendant in each bus were rendered jobless.”
Across Maharashtra 1.20 lakh jobs were affected in around 40,000 school buses in various districts across the state.
Garg said that the governor was positive and told the delegation which met him that the problem was not just for school bus owners in Maharashtra but across all states.
“We expect relief in taxes, no harassment from cops for parking buses across the city and also waiver in interest on vehicle loans taken by operators,” he said.
Many school buses are lying idle across the island city and suburbs. In the recent past, the owners had requested the BEST to allow school buses to operate as public transport buses to ferry office-goers, but in vain.