THE UT Administration is readying a proposal for overhauling the transport policy for the city. And in the overhaul private operators could be allowed to ply buses on long routes and the transport authorities of other states could be allowed to increase the number of buses to different destinations. Further,the state transport authorities could be allowed to bring buses of private operators.
According to the proposal,gradually,the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking would stop plying buses on long routes completely and would focus only on the Tricity. The step is meant to improve the public transport system in the city. There are around 9 lakh vehicles registered in the city and there is a floating vehicular population of another one lakh. With the public transport in the city not being up to the mark,people prefer to commute using their own vehicles.
At present private bus operators are not allowed into the city. These buses are stopped in Mohali or Panchkula. However,UT Adviser K K Sharma says it is being contemplated that if there is a demand,private bus operators be allowed to ply buses from Chandigarh on long routes.
“The transport departments of the state governments have approached us with the demand that more buses be allowed to ply. Till now the buses between states are plied on mutual give-and-take basis. The administration is now holding talks with the states to allow them to ply more buses,” he adds.
It is proposed that Haryana,Himachal Pradesh,Punjab and Rajasthan be allowed to increase the frequency of buses to have direct connectivity from Chandigarh to several destinations.