Malerkotla-ajmer sharif bus launch today
Patiala November 28:
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) is all set to get delivery of 25 of 50 air-conditioned buses by December end, the state-run transport set -up has finalised introduction of three new routes, including, the Malerkotla-Ajmer Sharif, apparently, under the SAD-BJP government’s bid to woo Muslim voters of Malerkotla.
Buses on the three new routes the Malerkotla-Ajmer Sharif, Barnala-Hanumangarh and the Chandigarh-Suratgarh would be flagged-off from Patiala tomorrow by Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal.
At the same time, the PRTC has also decided to regularise services to 44 of its daily wage workers and recruit as many as, 58 wards of its deceased employees on compassionate grounds as drivers and conductors.These workers and newly recruited wards of deceased employees would be handed over appointment letters by Punjab transport minister Master Mohan Lal at a function here tomorrow.
The first batch of four AC buses has already been flagged-off by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Ludhiana on November 17. ‘We are going to get delivery of as many as, 25 AC buses from fabrication units by the last week of December while, rest of buses would be with us by the end of March,’ said PRTC MD Manvesh Singh Sidhu.
The PRTC has already inducted 75 of ordinary buses which, were plying on different routes thus, decreasing the passenger load on the organisation. ‘The AC buses are coming in small batches. For example, we will get eight buses by next week,’ said Sidhu.
The Malerkotla-Ajmer Sharif route, sources in the PRTC revealed, has been introduced following a lot of consideration and repeated demand by considerable population of Muslims of Malerkotla. ‘Though, an ordinary bus will ply on the route for the time being, it, could be converted into an AC coach at any point of time in near future, particularly, if people demand such a facility,’ said a PRTC official. Though, a large number of AC buses ply on the Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer route, but, there was no AC bus service between Ajmer and Punjab so far.