The transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar on Tuesday said the PRTC will induct 250 new buses, 1200 electronic ticketing machines by March, 2016 and out of these 250 buses, 20 would be purchased by April this year only and then 30 new ones will be purchased every month. At present, PRTC has 586 buses. He further informed that 875 buses are operating kilometer and other schemes while out of 180 grounded buses, 100 have again started operating on their routes.
The income of the department has witnessed increase of Rs 10 lakh approximately, he added.
He further said the PRTC has started the process of disbursing the retirement benefits to its pensioners which approximately amount to Rs 26 crore.
While expressing this he said "the cheques related to the GPF, gratuity and CP fund of the retired employees have been delivered at the head office of PRTC." He said that all the payments shall be made by March 13, 2015.
The minister said the grounded fleet of 60 buses has also started plying on their routes with rates reduced to the tune of 69 paise per kilometer. He further divulged the details that the government is giving Rs 4.50 crore per month in order to keep PRTC running and Rs 47.47 crore have been additionally received as travelling facilities which would be used in clearing gratuity and GPF dues of employees.