MP: Private bus owners seek permit tax waiver for lockdown period

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Bhopal, Jul 3 (PTI) Private bus owners in Madhya Pradesh have demanded waiver of permit tax for the period between April and June this year, saying they could not operate their business during these three months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

They said they might even stop plying their buses if the state government does not accept their demand.

Talking to PTI, president of Prime Route Bus Owners Association in Madhya Pradesh, Govind Sharma, said a delegation of the private bus operators is scheduled to meet Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Saturday evening to seek waiver of around Rs 200 crore tax amount.

“If the talks with the government fail, we are going to seriously think about discontinuing our services, primarily intra-state, from July 15,” he said.

“We have to pay monthly permit tax for the buses. From April to June, our buses almost remained off roads due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown in the state. We have faced massive losses and don’t have money to pay the tax,” Sharma said.

Private operators run around 35,000 buses in the state, he said, adding that some of them own 10 to 40 buses.

Sharma said that the private bus owners owe around Rs 200 crore to the state government as in the form of permit tax for the last three months.

Bus service in the state is mostly dependent on private players after the MP Road Transport Corporation (MPSRTC) was declare defunct years ago. PTI LAL NP NP

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