Punjab finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa flagged off 25 new buses of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) here on Tuesday. These buses are equipped with the Global Positioning System (GPS), which will help to know about the location of the vehicle on the road.
Speaking on the occasion, Dhindsa said the PRTC has been mainly serving the people of Malwa and, due to tireless efforts of the staff, employees and the management it has now turned into a profit-making organisation. Describing the PRTC as the "backbone of the economy of Punjab," he said the government was committed to further strengthen it.
At present, the PRTC has a fleet of 893 buses and, by October, 250 new ordinary buses would be added, besides the 150 others under the kilometre scheme. The new fleet would have 38 HVAC and 12 Volvo buses.
Dhindsa assured the staff that soon the government would revive the closed route permits to strengthen the financial position of the PRTC.
Among others who spoke on the occasion included chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Parkash Chand Garg. PRTC chairman Avtar Singh Brar, director Gurdev Singh Lalli and general manager, Sangrur, MS Hundal were present on the occasion.
Later, Dhindsa visited Khanori constituency and held sangat darshan programmes at Khanori Khurd, Chatha Gobindpura, Karonda, Bhulan and Daska villages.
At these programmes, the finance minister apprised the people about the development projects undertaken by the state government and distributed cheques worth crores for development in the constituency.