Over 560 buses were operationalised to bring students back from Kota.
LUCKNOW: The controversy over Rajasthan state road transport corporation asking UP government to pay more than Rs 36 lakh as the bill amount for using its buses to ferry students from Kota to UP, refuses to die down with deputy CM, Dinesh Sharma, on Friday, firing a fresh salvo at the Congress government in Rajasthan saying it had kept sending reminders to pay the bill. Sharma said all bills were paid on May 20.
Rajasthan roadways had sent a bill of over Rs 36.3 lakh for providing its buses and Rs 19.7 lakh for providing diesel to UP roadways buses.
Rajasthan roadways sent a letter on April 27 and April 28 seeking the bill amount and then a reminder on May 8, said the deputy CM.
When state government in April had planned to bring students from UP stuck at Kota due to lockdown it assessed the number of students stranded to be around 10,000 but it turned out to be more, around 12,000 students.
This is when help from Rajasthan roadways was sought. We were asked to make a written request and also pay the fare by Rajasthan roadways, said Sharma.
After which MD, UPSRTC, Raj Shekhar wrote to his counterpart in Rajasthan government saying that while UPSRTC has only 50 buses at Kota, DM Kota had pegged the requirement to ferry all stranded students at 125 buses. UPSRTC, therefore, sought additional 75 buses from Rajasthan on April 18.
Rajasthan roadways buses had dropped students at Fatehpur Sikri. The minister said many buses were old and had no fuel.
Over 560 buses were operationalised to bring students back from Kota. Rajasthan roadways also provided fuel to about 320 UPSRTC buses for which it charged more than Rs 19 lakh.
Minister of state for transport (independent charge) Ashok Kataria said the Kota episode has only exposed Congress.