Chandigarh, Nov 15 (UNI) The Punjab government's plan to provide self employment to unemployed youth under Shaheed Sardar Bhagat Singh Rozgaar Yojna got a kickstart with Punjab Roadways and PRTC starting sale of tender forms for running 300 air conditioned buses under the kilometre scheme in the state.
Stating this here today, Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal said that besides, providing comfortable travel to the people of Punjab this scheme would provide business and employment avenues to the enterprising youth of the state.
He said under this scheme 300 air-conditioned buses would be put on route through the two organisations with a breakup of 125 ordinary 'heat ventilation and air-conditioned buses' (HVAC) and 25 integral buses in each organisation.
Under the new transport policy which has been approved by the Council of Ministers, the fares of air conditioned bus travel will be drastically reduced thus making it affordable for even the common man to travel in comfort and luxury.
He said that the tax being charged by the government has been brought down to Rs 1 per kilometer for HVAC buses and 50 paise per kilometer for Integral buses to make operation of these buses viable for the operators of these buses.
Under the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Rozgar Yojna kilometer scheme, the motor vehicle tax will be paid by the Punjab Roadways and PRTC instead of by operators.
It is proposed that the taxes being imposed by the transport department related with operation of these buses on road will be borne by Punjab Roadways and PRTC.
The bidders would have to buy chassis and get them fabricated as per specifications of the transport department and the bidders would have to bear operational expenses like cost of diesel, tyres, spares, cost of driver. The buses would be provided on lease by the bus owners and they would have to bid the rates per kilometer at which they are willing to provide these buses to Punjab Roadways and PRTC.