Dharamshala; The first lot of buses received under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) from the union government shall be on roads from 30th Dec in Himachal. These buses shall ply on at least half a dozen routes from Nagrota Bagwan (constituency of the Transport minister).
The State Transport Minister GS Bali told reporters yesterday at Dharamshala, “These buses will run on fixed fare in local vicinities of the state and shall charge less fare (30 to 50%less) than normal routes. The first batch shall run on Palampur, Nagrota, Dharamshala Kangra Pathankot and Chintpurni routes.”
The Minister added that these buses are more spacious, comfortable and will cover the area in less time as they will stop only on fixed stations. He added that the corporation (HRTC) has received 80 buses so far, which will start playing in other areas of the state soon.
These buses were of the same size as the Volvo buses running under HRTC and could ply on same road with ease. Over 800 buses have been sanctioned under the JNNURM for the state. Out of these, the bigger buses were for city transport and plain areas, while for other parts there were mini buses.
Providing further details, Transport Minister Bali revealed that centre had sanctioned Rs.202.11 crore to the state for purchasing these buses under (JNNURM). The proposal for the buses was approved by the previous UPA government in October 2013 but so far only Rs.90 crore has been received by the state government.
G.S.Bali will also be inaugurating a new HRTC Depot, on 30th Dec at Nagrota Bagwan in Kangra district which also happens to his constituency.