JAIPUR: Even three days after the private bus operators started their services at various routes across the state, the passengers are still wary and preferring the Rajasthan State Roadways Corporation (RSRTC) buses. As many of the private buses are not following the SOPs suggested by the state government, many passengers feel they are not safe.
TOI on Friday visited various routes from where the private bus services are being operated including Polo Victory, Sikar Road and Transport Nagar and found that they had a negligible number of passengers. For many routes, the buses had to be cancelled due to lack of passengers.
“I don’t know about the private players but yes we are the trusted operators since we are a government corporation. I think it is time that we build customer trust with our punctuality and services. This is the reason that we are thinking of extending our services to other areas,” said Naveen Jain, CMD, RSRTC.
RSRTC authorities said that at many routes their occupancy is more than 70%. “Since the day we started our occupancy has increased. People have trusted our services,” said an officer.
Some private buses that were waiting to ferry passengers to Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu, had few occupants.
“Sawaari nahin aa rahi roadways main jaa rahi hai (passengers are not coming, they are preferring RSRTC buses),” said Hanumant Singh, driver of a private bus to Jhunjhunu.