Inter-state bus service could resume quickly: Lockdown eats up 82% of anticipated income of HP Street Transport Corp

2020/10 07 15:10

By: Categorical Information Service | Shimla |

October 7, 2020 eight:39:32 pm


The Himachal Street Transport Company misplaced Rs 282 crore, or 82 per cent of the anticipated income, through the Covid pandemic, incomes Rs 48 crore from June 1 (when bus service was resumed) until October 5. (File)

The Himachal Pradesh authorities could quickly resume inter-state bus providers, which have remained suspended since March, Transport Minister Bikram Singh Wednesday mentioned.

“We’ll attain a call on this regard inside 10-15 days. We’re holding talks with our neighbouring states concerning the resumption of providers. Punjab and Chandigarh have already given a nod. We additionally approached the Uttarakhand authorities to restart the bus to Haridwar. They initially mentioned it’s not potential however at the moment are contemplating it,” mentioned Singh after chairing a gathering of the State Transport Improvement and Street Security Council.

After the primary lockdown in March, bus service inside the state had resumed in June, however inter-state service has remained suspended thus far. Singh mentioned that round 1,700 providers inside the state have resumed, together with 15 evening providers, despite the fact that losses are being incurred on greater than 50 % of the routes on account of low occupancy.

The Himachal Street Transport Company misplaced Rs 282 crore, or 82 per cent of the anticipated income, through the Covid pandemic, incomes Rs 48 crore from June 1 (when bus service was resumed) until October 5, Singh mentioned.

He mentioned that the full variety of highway accidents in Himachal lowered from three,110 in 2018 to 2,873 in 2019, and the variety of individuals who died in accidents decreased from 1,202 to 1,146 throughout this era. The variety of these injured additionally dropped from 5,551 in 2018 to four,904 in 2019.

The minister mentioned that the general public works division, police and HRTC have recognized 90, 195 and 169 accident-prone spots or ‘black spots’ respectively, out of which 72, 79 and 29 have been rectified thus far. Bus and taxi drivers have additionally been requested to report weak spots, he mentioned.

Singh mentioned that 95 per cent of the highway accident happen on account of human errors, and 62.86 per cent accidents are attributable to over-speeding. “The division has launched a complete road-safety marketing campaign in faculties, villages and cities, and persons are being inspired to comply with good driving habits. Since a majority of the highway accident victims are aged 20 to 30, it is extremely vital to impart highway security consciousness on the college stage,” he mentioned.

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