SRTC Bus Fleet To Be Expanded: Ramzan

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SRINAGAR

 Terming Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU) as the backbone of Surface transport, Minister for Transport and CA&PD Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan said that it provides mobility for the urban and rural population across the country and State as well. He announced that more vehicles would be added to the fleet of SRTC in near future.

The Minister was speaking at the inaugural function of a 2-day 235th Standing Committee meet (Supplies & Contracts) organized by J&K State Road Transport Corporation in collaboration with Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU), New Delhi at  SKICC  on Thursday.

Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU) came into existence on August 13th, 1965 to bring together all the State Road Transport Undertakings on a common platform with the aim of pooling their resources and knowhow for dealing with various problems faced by them and help them to improve their performance. It consists of various members and associate members.

The Minister said ASRTU plays an important role in promoting affordable mode of public transport to sizeable population of the country.

Speaking about the formation of J&K State Road Transport Corporation, the Minister said that the Corporation has its glorious past. He said that the SRTC fleet was initially started with hundreds of buses and load carriers, adding that now it has swollen to thousands and plying in and outside the state. More vehicles would be added to the fleet in near future, he announced.

Ch Ramzan said that the commuters of the State crave to travel on SRTC buses as the drivers of the organization are more technically and professionally trained than their counterparts. He said the trucks (load Carriers) of the organization are also used for ferrying essential commodities in and outside the State.

The Minister highlighted the need for formulation of Transport Policy and Road Safety Policy for traffic regulation.  He said that State government is working for providing more teeth to existing State Motor Vehicle Act.

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