To further strengthen the local transport system for the convenience of the residents, Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi on Sunday flagged off 20 more buses under the city bus service project.
With these 20 air-conditioned buses, the number of buses running under this project in the city has gone up to 60. As many as 40 such buses hit the city roads a few months ago.
Although the project, which aims to bring a total fleet of 150 buses on the city roads, is far behind the schedule, the increase in the number of buses is going to help the local commuters as well as tourists in a big way.
Giving the details, Anil Joshi said, “The total cost of the Amritsar city bus project is `33.30 crore under which 150 buses will be running on the roads of the holy city. This has certainly brought a big relief to the commuters. We are in talks with the company supplying the buses and are hopeful that the remaining buses will also be coming soon”.
The Minister added that under the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project, 90 more AC buses will be arriving in the city. He said that for the BRTS, city roads are being upgraded and the process will be completed next year.
The minister also informed that the 20 new buses flagged off on Sunday will ply on two routes -- from Nangli to Bus Stand via Ranjit Avenue and from Naushehra to Bus Stand via Majitha Road. During the flag-off ceremony, Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora, MC commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal were also present.
KNOW BUILDING PLAN STATUS THROUGH SMS
The minister also said that municipal corporations are going to introduce the computerided and auto SMS system for the building plan submitted by the applicants for sanction. He said that with this system the applicant will receive status information about the building plan through SMS and can know the latest status of his building plan application. He launched this system for the Amritsar municipal corporation and announced that it would be introduced in entire state shortly.
RELIEF IN PROPERTY TAX
Responding to reporters’ queries on the issue of property tax, the local bodies minister said, “A new policy is being framed in this regard and now property tax will not be imposed on vacant plots and less than 5-marla plots. Property tax will not be linked with the collectorate rates. These recommendations will be sent to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for the final consideration of state cabinet.” He also appealed to the people to deposit the pending property tax by June 30.