Transport minister GS Bali on Wednesday said Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) would soon re-start the taxi services to ply commuters on the sealed and restricted routes in Shimla.
After high court's intervention, Bali said senior citizens would be eligible to make a travel pass for `300 for 30 trips, while for the others the minimum fare would be `20 per seat. “Only if there are vacant seats, the general commuters will be allowed to travel in these taxis by paying `20 per seat,” said Bali, while addressing a press conference here. Earlier, the fare was `10 per seat.
“Increasing fare for general commuters can be seen as sign to discourage them, while encouraging senior citizens to use these services,” said the minister.
Bali also flagged off three speed interceptor vehicles from state secretariat to keep tab of vehicle plying with high speed. “Road safety is our major concern. To keep check on high speed vehicles we have flagged off three interceptors, which would be plied on three main high ways in the state,” said he, adding that interceptors would be plied on Shimla-Parwanoo, Una-Kangra - Pathankot and Swarghat- Manali highways.
He said stage carrier bus drivers would be imparted training by the state transport department. “Bus drivers coming from outside the state will be imparted training,” said he, adding that a workshop would be organised soon, roping in private players and civil societies.
He also informed that the HRTC had decided to condemn its buses after 10 years or after 7.5 lakh km, whichever is earlier. Soon the condemnation time would be framed for private buses, added he.
Vehicles to have awareness slogans
Soon all the vehicles in the state will have road safety, drug diction and cleanliness awareness slogans across the state. Order will be issued to display the complaint number 9418000529 in all vehicles.