Jabalpur, Mar 19 (ILNS) The Jabalpur Bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court while disposing of a Public Interest Litigation regarding the collection of arbitrary fare from the passengers by the bus operators, directed the petitioner to give his complaint to the Transport Commissioner for redressal.
Petitioner Sitaram Yadav filed the PIL through Advocate Dinesh Kumar Upadhyay, seeking a direction to the state to implement the decision of May 8, 2015 published in the Extraordinary Gazette Notification on May 28, 2018, prescribing transportation charges of the vehicle.
The PIL further prayed to the state to ensure that none of the bus operators or transports shall charge fare from the passengers in excess of Rs 1 per kilometer as prescribed by the notification. A direction has been sought to display the rate-list on every bus stop and the authorities to make continuous monitoring on periodical basis in this regard.
Government Advocate for the State submitted that the relief sought in the PIL is of general nature and the petitioner has failed to point out that who are charging the fare more than what is prescribed in the notification. He further submitted that the petitioner may submit a representation before the Transport Commissioner, Madhya Pradesh Gwalior, highlighting his grievances as pointed-out in the writ petition and in turn, the said authority shall take into consideration the representation of the petitioner in accordance with law.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla, after hearing the submission from the Counsels, ordered that “the petition is disposed of by granting liberty to the petitioner to submit a detailed representation before the respondent no.2(state), Transport Commissioner, Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior highlighting his grievances for implementation of the charges as prescribed in the Gazette Notification dated May 28, 2018. The Transport Commissioner, Gwalior shall consider and decide the representation of the petitioner within a period of three months from the date of communication of the order”.
The Court also directed the Transport Commissioner of Gwalior to provide a mechanism to check and take effective steps to ensure that none of the bus operators would charge fair more than what has been prescribed in the Gazette Notification dated May 28, 2018. ILNS/SNG/RJ