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Govt to set up separate transport body

THE STATE Government has decided to set up a separate transport body which will be called city transport authority. To be headed by the transport commissioner, the new body will work towards planning, development and regulation of the urban transport in the State Capital.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 01:28 IST

THE STATE Government has decided to set up a separate transport body which will be called city transport authority. To be headed by the transport commissioner, the new body will work towards planning, development and regulation of the urban transport in the State Capital.

The UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has decided to decrease city bus fare from tomorrow. Besides, it will introduce variety of monthly passes and extend the existing city bus service to the seven satellite towns from April 15.

Transport Minister Naresh Agrawal made these announcements at a press conference here on Monday. He said that in a bid to improve the urban transport in the State Capital, the Government had decided to constitute a three-member city transport authority which would concentrate only on the city transport system. While the transport commissioner will be the chairman of the proposed body, the District Magistrate and the IG (Traffic) may be its members, though the configuration is yet to be finalised.

The new body, which he claimed would come into existence soon, would issue permits for vehicles, decide the routes for plying of vehicles, impose traffic regulations and all other things being currently done by the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) under the divisional commissioner. Replying to a question, he said while the RTA would continue to function for other five districts, it would have nothing to do with the State Capital where urban transport would be taken care of by the proposed authority.

The Transport Minister said the UPSRTC would slash the fare for city buses in the State Capital from tomorrow and introduce special monthly passes for the students and the senior citizens. Now, the fare for a journey up to 10 km and above has been reduced from Rs 10 to Rs 8 and Rs 12 to Rs 10, respectively.

There will be no changes in fares for short distances. Similarly, the corporation had effected variety in its monthly passes. The senior citizens and the students can purchase a Rs-125 pass which will entitle them to unlimited travel on a single road for a month. They would be required to pay Rs 25 extra per month per additional route they want to travel.

Agrawal said that the Lucknow City Bus Service would be extended to the seven satellite towns so that people got a direct connectivity to the State Capital.

The satellite towns which would be benefited from the new venture include Mohanlalganj, Malihabad, Itaunja, Kursi, Banthara, Gosaiganj and Barabanki.

Replying to another question, the Minister said the State Government had, in principle, agreed to provide a Rs-200- crore-phased financial assistance to the UPSRTC to help it convert its buses into CNG vehicles.