To meet the demands of the increasing passenger base, the transport department has decided to add 225 more buses to its fleet on different routes in the state.
The state government has announced a grant of Rs 42 crore for the project, which is commencing soon.
Director state transport, Malvinder Singh, told HT, "We had submitted a proposal to the state government regarding the acute shortages of buses on various routes prior to the announcement of state budget.
Singh added that the government has acknowledged the demands and the buses would be acquired for Punjab Railways.
"We are waiting for the required documentation from the government as and when we receive it we will begin the process of floating tenders and then place purchase orders subsequently," Singh added.
The entire process might take another 2 months before the first order is placed. The 225 buses will, however, be launched in small groups of 35 each month.
Transport unions operating in the state have lauded the transport department's effort, saying it will alleviate the acute shortage of buses in the state, a demand ignored for long.
The move by the department will also regularise contractual employees who have been serving in the department for years.
Transport department officials said several buses which are not in a working condition are likely to be taken off road.