SRINAGAR: The government Monday initiated the process for adding luxury busses to the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC).
An official handout issued here said the Minister for Transport Abdul Gani Kohli, while chairing a meeting here, called for “constituting the committee… so that SRTC is provided with these buses at the earliest”.
“It is high time that modern and comfortable luxury buses are introduced in the state for both tourists as well as local passengers,” he said.
Reiterating the commitment of the government to provide every type of facility to the tourists, Kohli said providing comfortable transport service to the tourists will be a “worthy step in this direction”.
In the meeting, which was attended, among others, by Secretary Transport, Transport Commissioner, IGP Traffic, the minister was briefed about various types of comfortable luxury buses available in the market, the handout said.
Later, a delegation of SRTC Workers Union also met the minister and apprised him about various issues, it said. The JKSRTC, a successor to the erstwhile Government Transport Undertaking, came into existence in 1976 under the Road Transport Corporation Act of 1950.
It has played a vital role in developing the economy of the state right from the date of its inception. It is essential for supply of essential commodities to every nook and corner of the state, while it also operates passenger bus services in all the regions within the state. It also operates bus services to Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Rajasthan.
Over the years, however, the Corporation has been on a decline, with its fleet undergoing noticeable decline. In absence of resources and management, the Corporation has failed to compete with the private players that are now dominating the transport industry in Jammu and Kashmir.