North Gazette News/Shimla
Himachal government would soon start water transport services in the state to provide alternate transport services.
Transport Minister GS Bali said that the government is committed to provide safe and comfortable transport facilities to the commuters and efforts are afoot to explore the possibilities of alternative transport means.
Bali said that water transport would be started on 16 different routes in Bilaspur, Kangra and Chamba, in first phase which includes 14 routes in Bilaspur district, one for Pong Dam in Kangra district and one route in Chamba reservoir.
“Centre Government has accepted the water transport proposal of state government and a team of higher level officers of State Transport would soon visit Inland Waterways Authority of India for further implementation of water transport in Himachal,” he said, adding that besides transporting the passengers, arrangement for goods would also be made to facilitate the agriculturists.
Bali said that water transport would be started in PPP mode and after its successful implementation it would also be implemented in other parts of the state.
He said that road safety had been accorded priority in new transport policy of the state and modern facilities would be provided in all Drivers Training Schools and new modern drivers trainings schools would be opened under PPP mode.
“The new policy would minimize the road accidents and training on emergency management would be special attention under which special training would be imparted to the drivers and conductors,” he said.
He added that all buses of Corporation were being connected with GPS system, so that the location and condition of the bus could be monitored from district headquarters.
Transport Minister also released guidelines booklet and sticker to help the drivers and conductors and mechanics of the department.
Dr R N Batta, Managing Director and Commissioner, Transport Department detailed about the activities being carried out by the Department. Priyatu Mandal, Director Food, Civil Supplies Department, Sanjay Sharma, Secretary, State Transport Authority and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.