INDO-CANADIAN TRANSPORT Company, which is owned by the family of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, may start a bus service to some areas in Punjab from the Chandigarh International Airport which began its international operations from Thursday.
“We will approach the airport authorities. If they allow us and show interest, we will start bus service to areas in Punjab from the airport,” said Hardeep Kumar Arora, general manager of the Indo-Canadian Transport Company.
The Chandigarh International Airport currently has few transport facilities available. There are two private taxi operators at the airport and a CTU bus service every half an hour, with seven buses doing the rounds between Sector 17, PGI, Sector 43 bus stand. The demand for a bus service at the airport has increased following the starting of international flight from the Chandigarh International Airport.
Officials from Libra Travels, another private bus operator, also said they might start a bus service to parts of Punjab. “We are thinking of starting a bus service from Chandigarh airport,” Vijay Kumar, general manger of Libra Travels, told Chandigarh Newsline.
At Delhi international airport, there are several private bus operators who offfer services to parts of Punjab. It becomes much easier for the passengers to get a bus at the airport itself rather than visiting the local bus stand.
“There were several passengers who arrived by the first flight on Thursday and then travelled in auto-rickshaws to Sector 43 bus stand to get a bus,” said Inderjeet Singh, president, Mohali Taxi Union.
“There is a shortage of transport facilities at the airport. When the cabs are sold out, the passengers face transport shortage,” said Vijay Raina, who operates a car service at the Chandigarh Airport.
Airport CEO Sunil Dutt said the airport authorities had no plans to start any bus service.