Punjab Luxury Bus Service at Delhi Airport launched by Kejriwal, Mann

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann launched the luxury bus service from Jalandhar to Indira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Kejriwal said it was an important day for Punjab as the direct bus service to IGI Delhi Airport has now started which would benefit many NRIs and their relatives. Launching a scathing attack on previous regimes in Punjab, national party leader Aam Aadmi said various types of mafia, including the transport mafia, flourished under them, but the Mann dispensation put an end to it.

Mann had announced on Friday that the Volvo luxury bus service would depart from Punjab to Delhi airport. Speaking on the occasion, Mann reiterated that for decades only private carriers had run their buses on this route and “looted people charging according to their own whims and fancies”.

The state government has launched the Volvo luxury bus service at affordable fares, he said. “This is a historic occasion where the government of Punjab has delivered on its promise to the people by ending the monopoly of private carriers and introducing cheap and luxury trips to IGI airport for around Rs 1,100 for a one-way trip except for Amritsar, from where the fare would be Rs 1,390 due to the long distance travelled,” Mann said.

Punjab’s chief minister said seven Volvo buses would run daily from Jalandhar bus station to Delhi airport. Similarly, buses will also run daily from Amritsar, Pathankot, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Patiala and even Chandigarh to the airport, he said.

Mann said that with the circulation of these buses, passengers will enjoy a comfortable, luxurious and cheap journey to Delhi International Airport. The Chief Minister said that passengers wishing to travel to the airport can make their booking three months before the trip, while tickets can be booked at the bus station counters six months before the trip. Mann said his government had a mandate to serve the state by eliminating the Mafia. He said that with the rolling of these buses, “the transport mafia will also be a thing of the past”. Blaming successive Congress and Akali governments outright for not providing government buses at Delhi airport, he said the vested interests of those leaders prevented them from doing so.

Mann said government power was not used for public welfare, but allegedly to promote the transport mafia, adding that “these people have monopolized commerce and exploited the people”. The Chief Minister has said that his government will take all initiatives to safeguard the interests of Punjabis and eliminate all kinds of mafia or state monopolies.

Mann said a number of NRIs from abroad in Punjab have complained to him about why only private actors are allowed to run buses on this road and why government buses are not running. not on them. Mann thanked the Delhi government, especially Kejriwal, for their full support and cooperation in ensuring the provision of the direct bus service to IGI airport. Mann praised Kejriwal, describing him as a “bold” chief minister, saying he has great political will and makes bold decisions. The Punjab CM further stated, “for an eight-year party, forming government in two states and having 10 MPs from Rajya Sabha and another to be elected MP from Lok Sabha (referring to Sangrur LS polls the week next), it comes in the rarest of the rare things”.

Punjab Transport Minister Laljeet Singh Bhullar and Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, Kejriwal and Mann paid floral tributes to Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh at legendary martyr status inside the premises of the bus stop here.

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Melvin Z. Madore