HRTC travelers will not effect by 30 %bus fare increase: Bali

Oct 06, 2013 19:27 | Poltics

Announced discount of 30 % to Green Card holders, 20 % to senior citizens and 10 %to smart card holders on all trips

In view of the increasing prices of grains, state government shall provide 25 crore above 175 crore for subsidized food

Dharamsala , ( Arvind Sharma ) October 6

The government has reduced the lowest fare from rs 5/- to rs 3/-  on public demand . the fare was increased recently  to 30 % ,irritated the general public .   Speaking at a press conference on SundayTransport Minister G S Bali announced several other concessions for people traveling in various group categories in HRTC buses. In two new projects have been undertaken by HRTC,  Green Card holders travelling from 40 to 60 kilometers a day will receive 30 percent discount. Senior citizens under the scheme will be given 20 percent off on a journey of 40 kilometers or above. Smart Card holders will receive a 10 percent discount on all trips in HRTC buses. Apart from Shimla ,  Express nonstop  bus service would be started for all districts with a luxury facilities and ordinary fare .

  Minister said , “the state government have  submitted to the Central plan better transport facilities in the state , a proposal have been sent for  1103 new buses  and 475 crore package.” Ministry has further plan to improved bus stands, parking and shopping centers.

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     Minister said that state government will give another help of Rs 25 crore above present Rs 175 crore on subsidized food grains under the scheme in view of the rising prices. He said that with this help general class of people is going to be benefited. Fair price shops in the state, which are nearly 4 thousand in numbers, are being provided computerized registration numbers so as to keep an eye on them directly. “Officers have also been instructed for surprise inspections of these fair price shops,” said minister. He said that the fair price shops have instructed to display the stock position daily in their shops.  He said those shopkeepers weighing less will not be spared.