Transport Minister GS Bali today said that payment through Paytm wallet would be started on all advance booking counters of HRTC web portal as most of the people were using this wallet for making the payment through mobile.

Bali revealed that 200 POS machines for payment through Debit/Credit cards would be installed from 20 February, 2017 at all booking counters and would be provided to the conductors of super luxury buses.

The Minister said for ensuring the quality food by Dhabas and restaurants, it had been decided that a fine of Rs. 5000 would be imposed on the owners for first complaint. For second and third complaint, a fine of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 20,000 would be imposed respectively from the Dhaba and restaurant owners while on fourth complaint, the Dhaba or restaurant would be blacklisted for a period of three years.

Bali said super luxury bus will be started between Shimla to Chandigarh (two trips) and with a view to facilitate the people of Sarkaghat area of Mandi district, Jahu-Delhi super luxury bus service would be extended up to Sarkaghat within next three days.

He said Hamirpur-Amritsar via Hoshiarpur super luxury bus service would be started from 9 February, 2017 whereas Golden Temple super luxury bus service would also be started from Shimla to Amritsar in the due course of time. He added that one mudrika bus service would be started from Mcleodgunj to Tanda Medical College for employees and students of the college.

Bali said HRTC was ensuring safety and comfortable journey to the commuters for which various measures had been taken up and keeping in view the demand of the passengers, more facilities would be provided in the future as well.

The Transport Minister said the revenue of the Corporation has increased from Rs. 508 to Rs.560 crore during the current financial year.