New Delhi, May 6 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today flagged off a new bus service known as 'Haryana Gaurav', calling it a special bus for an ordinary man, from Haryana Bhawan here.
Introducing Haryana Transport Department's new bus service, Mr Hooda said the transport department has plans to start CNG buses at Gurgaon, Faridabad, Jhajjar and Sonepat depots for operation in the National Capital Region (NCR) due to easily availability of the CNG in this area.
The buses in the new service would have elegant design, comfortable pushback seats, spacious luggage rack, pneumatic door, FM radio, special tube lighting, window curtains, tinted glasses and cell phone chargers near every seat. All these facilities would be provided to the passengers at 'ordinary bus fare', he added.
The department had purchased 150 CNG buses to be plied in the NCR and the Haryana Roadways was the first State Roadways Corporation after Delhi to purchase large number of CNG buses. All old deluxe buses would be withdrawn and these would be plied as ordinary buses.
The Chief Minister said the Haryana Roadways would make it a benchmark for the future by not keeping any 7-year old bus in its fleet. The new bus stand at Ambala city would be constructed at the same place after completely demolishing the old one.
Speaking on the occasion, Haryana's Transport Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said that keeping in view the popularity of the 'Saarthi' Volvo AC bus services being operated by Haryana Roadways, the department had also introduced the service on Hisar-Chandigarh and Hisar-Delhi routes.
Following increased demand for these buses, the department has decided to increase the frequency of Volvo AC Bus services on Chandigarh-Delhi route from six trips to seven trips daily, he added.
Mr Surjewala said that all seven years old buses were being replaced with newly designed buses and as many as 559 buses had been replaced with new ones during 2005-06.
The transport minister said that the department had decided to construct new bus stands with completely new concept plan on the Western Peripheral Expressway that is Gurgaon, Kundli and Manesar as well as certain other important places like Karnal, Pipli, Ambala City, Palwal, Jhajjar, Bhuna, Babain, Sadhaura, Chhachhrauli, Kalayat and Panchkula. Some of these would be constructed on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.
He further informed that new bus stand at Rohtak was being extended from 12 bays to 18 bays. New workshop was also being constructed at Ballabhgarh.
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