Transport Minister Gobind Thakur claimed that the revenue of HRTC has shown a jump of Rs. 10 crore from January till date and added that the government has set a target of Rs. 100 crore as profit in the kitty of HRTC during next one year.
The target will be achieved with better coordination amongst various wings of HRTC in the state, the minister elaborated in a review meeting of HRTC.
Gobind Thakur said that transport towns would be set up in all four Parliamentary Constituencies of the state, in order to strengthen HRTC besides providing better public transport services to the people.
Transport Minister asked the officers to induct latest information & technology, GPS, Wi-Fi facility modules in services of HRTC for providing best public transport services to the people of the state.
One crore released for Thunag Bus Stand
He released Rs. one crore for construction of bus stand at Thunag in Mandi district, besides Rs.3.75 lakh for infrastructure of electric bus charging station at Mandi which would cost Rs. 14 lakh.
HRTC introduces Electric buses and Taxis
The state run HRTC is not limited to the fossil fuel based transport system, recently it has presed electric powered uses and taxies and buses in Shimla and Manali. The HRTC recently introduced electrical bus services under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme of Government of India in 90:10 ratio in Shimla city.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur flagged off the services of HRTC. Total 11 electric vans were pressed into service for local destination in Shimla.
The taxis will operate from State Secretariat to Indira Gandhi Medical College and hospital (IGMC), Old Bus stand to HP Secretariat, Dhalli Tunnel to IGMC, Boileauganj to CTO, Old Bus Stand to CTO, Titukandi crossing to CTO, Navbahar to IGMC, Summer-hill to CTO.
In picturesque Manali town the HRTC has pressed electric powered taxis connecting famous tourist destination Manali with Kalath, Kanyal, Vashisht, Hidimba temple, Jagatsukh and other nearby villages. The HRTC is aiming to connect all villages of upper Manali towards Rohtang with the town with electric powered transport services. The taxis will not only facilitate locals but also prove beneficial for tourists.
Under the under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles service as many as 50 buses have been provided to the state. The state government aiming to press electric buses into service in other districts as well in a phased manner.
The HRTC is connecting all parts of the state. The corporation is providing transport services in remote area including Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur and Pangi region of the state as well. The HRTC has 27 depots, 4 divisions and 2645 vehicles providing transport facilities in and out of the state. The corporation is rendering its services on 2325 routes in the state.