How often do we come across bizarre news in this modern age of internet and social media! Taking it a step forward, a bus conductor of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) was issued a memo for letting a pigeon perched on the window of a bus travel without a ticket earlier this week, according to a report by Times of India. The report said that this pigeon was accompanying a drunk passenger from its perch in a window of the bus.
The incident took place on Thursday evening this week in a government bus which was travelling from, Harur town to Ellavadi, a remote tribal village. As per the report, there were about 80 passengers on the bus and as the bus reached the outskirts of Harur, the transport department inspectors flagged the bus to check tickets. The report added that this passenger who was in his 40s got hold of the pigeon and was seen having a conversation with him.
When the inspector saw this, he asked the conductor whether a bird ticket was issued or not. The inspector even quoted a rule which mandated tickets for animals and birds on the bus as well. Even though the conductor mentioned that the passenger was not carrying the bird when he boarded the bus, the inspector wasn’t too impressed.
An official quoted transport department rules as saying that conductors should collect one-fourth of the full fare when a passenger is carrying more than 30 pigeons at a time. “The rules don’t mention charging passengers for transporting one pigeon,” he was quoted saying by TOI.
This incident was an eye opener for the bus conductor. He said that crews operating government buses on the route are now keeping an eye to ensure that no birds board the bus.