Volvo buses turn Himachal Tourism transport profitable

HPTDC reports Rs 1.56 Cr profit from transport fleet

Shimla: Transport wing of HP Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) has turned around its business and reported a profit of Rs 1.56 crore after having added new Volvo buses into its fleet.

Subhasish Panda, managing director of the corporation disclosed that between April 2010 to July 2010 the transport fleet had booked 36,200 tourists which included both domestic and foreign. Inclusion of 4 super luxurious Volvo buses into the fleet increased seating capacity.

Online booking of seats on Himachal Tourism buses enabled the buses to run to capacity even during lean seasons and also improved other tourism related businesses, he said.

From the existing fleet of 19 small and medium buses and also including the new added Volvo buses, the corporation has earned a profit of Rs 1.56 crore, said Panda.

Himachal tourism plies its buses not only on regular tourist routes but also on the Manali – Leh, which include overnight halt in tented accommodation in Lahaul.

During the month of July, 650 tourists, both Indian and foreign availed this package to travel in Himachal Tourism buses across high mountain passes which include Rohtang, Baralacha and Sarchu Boarder.

Along the route are some majestic peaks in Leh-Ladhak region of Jammu and Kashmir that can be glimpsed from some of the motorist highest passes in the world which includeTanglangla, Lachungla at the altitude of 17,500 feet, a HPTDC corporation spokesman said.

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