Consequent upon the construction of new Inter State Bus Stand, the new traffic movement from Shimla has been modified as under according to Chief Executive Officer, H.P. Bus Stands Management and Development Authority, Shimla.
The buses coming from Chandigarh, Bilaspur, Nahan side and terminating at Shimla will directly go to ISBT Tutikandi. On return journey, these buses will originate from ISBT Tutikandi.
The buses coming from upper Shimla and Kinnaur side and terminating at Shimla will continue operating via Chhota Shimla, Bemloe, old bus stand but will terminate at ISBT Tutikandi. For return journey, these buses will originate from ISBT Tutikandi and will continue operating via Lakkar Bazar, Dhalli byepass.
The buses coming from upper Shimla and Kinnaur side and going towards Chandigarh, Bilaspur, Nahan side will operate via Dhalli byepass, Sanjauli, Chhota Shimla, Khalini Chowk, Kanlog, Lalpani to ISBT Tutikandi.
The buses coming from Chandigarh, Bilaspur, Nahan side and going towards upper Shimla and Kinnaur will touch ISBT Tutikandi and after alighting and getting passengers, will continue operating via Lakkar Bazar, Dhalli to further destinations.
The old bus stand would henceforth function as local bus stand for operations within Shimla town as well as for peripheral locations within the radius of 30 kms.
All local circuit buses operating within Shimla town from various locations such as New Shimla, Sanjauli, Vikasnagar, Panthaghati, Summerhill, Shoghi etc. will continue to operate from old bus stand. However, some of them will be extended upto ISBT Tutikandi to provide better connectivity from various locations to ISBT Tutikandi.
For the convenience of vegetables and milk vendors to bring their produce to the town and daily commuters and to reduce traffic congestion, the buses operating from peripheral locations beyond Dhalli but within the radius of 30 kms., will continue operating via Chhota Shimla to old bus stand but would be extended to ISBT Tutikandi, the buses operating from different peripheral locations within the radius of 30 kms., from Tutu and Shoghi side towards Victory Tunnel, presently operating via Lakkar Bazar, Sanjauli, Chhota Shimla to old bus stand, would henceforth operate directly from Victory Tunnel to old bus stand.
The Mudrika operations on Dhalli-Chhota Shimla-old bus stand, old bus stand-Lakkar Bazar-Dhalli and New Shimla-old bus stand routes would run throughout the day except during school timings and will be extended to ISBT Tutikandi.
Besides the above arrangements, five additional shuttle buses will keep operating throughout the day from early morning to late evening between ISBT Tutikandi and old bus stand.
Some of the long route buses terminating at ISBT Tutikandi and fixed for operation in the early morning will be extended upto various locations within Shimla town to provide early morning connectivity from these locations to ISBT Tutikandi.
Connectivity between ISBT Tutikandi and six important hubs in the town, i.e. 1) Old bus stand, 2) Tutu/Summerhill, 3) Lakkar bazaar, 4) BCS/New Shimla, 5) Vikasnagar/Panthaghati and 6) Sanjauli/Dhalli will be ensured from early morning to late evening. Special recognition stickers will be given to the buses operating from old bus stand.
Advance reservation facilities would be provided by HRTC through online reservation system and tickets can be booked by passengers even sitting at home or through Lok Mitra Kendras or through four counters run by HRTC at important locations of Shimla town i.e. ISBT Tutikandi, old Bus Stand Cart Road, Tourist Information Centre, the Mall and at Lakkar Bazar. A self serviced online reservation kiosk has also been provided at the departure level of ISBT Tuti Kandi on pilot basis and similar kiosks would be replicated at bus stands all over the State.