To provide better facilities to commuters, Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has added over 200 modern buses in its fleet of 2018 buses and proposed to increase the fleet to 2500 during the current financial year.
"The commuters have greater aspirations for better, reliable and comfortable transport facilities at their door step and the government is making all efforts to modernize the transport system," a spokesman of HRTC said.
Besides, construction, up-gradation and modernization of various bus stands and workshops with required amenities had been taken up to facilitate the passengers.
During the current financial year, bus services will be provided on the all new roads, passed by the Public Works Department and additional bus would be provided in segments where heavy rush of passengers was leading to overloading, causing fatal accidents.
As many as 800 new buses with latest technology like GPS, CCTV and passenger information system would be added to the fleet of Corporation.
In these buses, the bus will not move if the door is opened and keeping in view the public safety, drivers areassisted by CCTV in the rear and the government has decided to weed out the buses which are more than ten years old.
The corporation has introduced 500 new star buses during last two years and out of 800 JNNURM buses, 576 buses have been received and being made operational while 10 super luxury buses are being purchased for which pre bid consultations have already been held.
Besides four Volvo buses are being hired on wet lease for replacing two buses on Hamirpur-Delhi route and adding two on Manali-Delhi route.
New luxury and air conditioned buses are being added to the fleet which would connect the major cities of the State.
In another new initiative, the Corporation will ply 7-12 seater buses between Shimla-Manali-Dharamshala and Chandigarh especially for facilitating the tourists.
Free travelling facility is being provided to the students of government schools and it has been extended tostudents of Kendriya Vidyalaya located in the state, from this year.
Besides, facility of 30 per cent concession in fare is also being extended to the candidates in ordinary buses, appearing for interview at HP Subordinate Service Selection Board Hamirpur and HP Public Service Commission Shimla.
The gross revenue of the corporation has increased from Rs 541 crore to Rs 610 crore during last fiscal year.
And in order to generate additional revenue, Fitness Centres in all districts have been started by HRTC and till date the Corporation has earned Rs 2.52 crore.
Further, construction of Bus stands and workshops, renovation and up gradation works have been taken up and Rs 25 crore have been provided for construction of nine new bus stands at Swarghat, Nirmand, Theog, Sunni, Kotli, Jaisinghpur,Dulhar and Mehre.
Under JNURM the construction of 16 workshops has been taken up at a cost of Rs 67.18 crores and 14 locations have been identified for development of bus stands cum commercial complexes under Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) Project on PPP mode.