HP seeks Rs 320 crores for better transport facilities in rural and tribal areas

Shimla/March 19
Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) today requested central government to sanction Rs 320 crores to strengthen transport facilities in tribal and rural areas of the state.
Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) vice chairman Kewal Singh Pathania today met Union Transport Minister C.P. Joshi in New Delhi and requested him to sanction Rs.320 crore for creating efficient transport facilities besides, modernising and up-gradation of facilities.
Pathania said that Rs. 105 crore is needed to purchase 700 new buses to increase bus frequency in remote, backward and tribal areas of the state. Meanwhile, Rs 15 crore is required to purchase 500 numbers of 30 seater mini buses which will be provided on 60% cost to unemployed rural youths and requested centre to provide 40% subsidy on these buses.
Besides this, the state government needs Rs 136 crore for setting up 68 driving schools with attached mechanical workshops with latest equipments and machinery and Rs 19 crores for 500 numbers 17 seater new trex vehicles and 500 numbers mahendra pick up vans for creating the self employment avenues in the hill state, he added.