Punjab

FIVE THOUSANDS YOUTH TO GET MINI BUS PERMITS BY MARCH: RAZIA SULTANA

January 08, 2021 08:52 PM

600 NEW BUSES TO BE ADDED IN PUNBUS AND PRTC FLEET, ANNOUNCES TRANSPORT MINISTER, ALL BUSES TO BE EQUIPPED WITH VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

To check monopoly in the transport business and provide employment opportunity to the youth of state, Transport department would complete the task of issuance of 5,000 new mini bus permits to the youth, as Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had announced, by March this year, disclosed the Punjab Transport Minister Ms. Razia Sultana here on Friday.

While announcing several pro-people initiatives in the transport department, she informed that the Transport department has received about 12000 applications for mini bus permits and the process of issuing 5,000 permits would be completed by March 2021. Subsequently, extra route permits for buses would also be started from March.
To detect the movement of the buses and check the ticket theft, she said that it was also proposed to install a vehicle tracking system in all buses. The fleet of PUNBUS has already been equipped with the system and it would be installed in PRTC buses in the next six months.

600 new buses will be added to the state government's fleet in this year, said the Transport Minister, adding that 350 buses will be procured for PUNBUS and 250 buses would be included in PRTC fleet to further strengthen the public transport of the state. Now, Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS have 1611 buses and PRTC has 1121 buses.The state government has also intensified efforts to provide modern facilities to the passengers at the bus stands. The new timetable of buses would also be implemented soon, she added.

  

600 new buses will be added to the state government's fleet in this year, said the Transport Minister, adding that 350 buses will be procured for PUNBUS and 250 buses would be included in PRTC fleet to further strengthen the public transport of the state. Now, Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS have 1611 buses and PRTC has 1121 buses.The state government has also intensified efforts to provide modern facilities to the passengers at the bus stands. The new timetable of buses would also be implemented soon, she added.

The Transport Minister said that 6 automated vehicle inspection and certification centres would be set up in the state and the work has been commenced in this regard. Transport department would also set up two heavy vehicles driving test tracks at Batala and Malerkotla in addition to Mahuana and Muktsar. Transport department would soon launch a doorstep delivery of driving license and registration certificate, she added.

In another important announcement, she said that it was proposed to introduce an e-challan system to check the violation of traffic rules so that people could drive more cautiously. Punjab has a plan to set up a Institute for Driving Training and Research at Kapurthala with a cost of Rs.18.50 crore through PPP mode for imparting training to the heavy vehicle drivers.

Ms. Razia Sultana also announced that a toll-free helpline 1800-180-0222 would be set up soon, where people can get the information about the status of their driving licences and registration certificates from 8am to 8pm (seven days a week). 

ALL RURAL HOUSEHOLDS TO GET POTABLE PIPED WATER SUPPLY IN PUNJAB BY MARCH NEXT YEAR 

The target to provide potable piped water connections to all 35 lakh rural households will be achieved by March, 2022 under the Jal Jiwan Mission, said the Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Ms. Razia Sultana, claiming that 66% of these households have already been covered by December, 2020.

She said that despite the COVID situation, Water Supply & Sanitation Department has provided the potable piped water supply in three districts SAS Nagar, SBS Nagar and Roopnagar, besides accomplishing the 100% piped water supply target in 14 blocks and 4608 villages.

Punjab took a lead across the country in providing potable piped water supply in all the private and government schools in rural Punjab with the help of the Education Department. Apart from this, a fund to tune of Rs.11 crore has been released by the Water Supply Department to the Education Department for construction of toilets in rural schools. Similarly, 709 rural water supply schemes have been completed at a cost of Rs.124crore during 2020.

 
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