Amritsar (Urban Transport News): For the last two years, the buses of Amritsar BRTS project running with tortoise moves got momentum on Monday. Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums Navjot Sidhu flagged off 94 buses of Amritsar BRTS project. Guru Nagri is the 13th city of the country where buses will run under the BRTS project. Former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal laid the foundation for this project in 2014.
He inaugurated this project in October 2016. In the special route for the BRTS project where only 94 buses were to run, only 14 buses could be started. Due to lack of funds, the Punjab government had once decided to close the project of Rs.545 crores, but with the efforts of Navjot Sidhu, the project could be started after two years.
In the conversation with the media, Sidhu said that the people of the Guru's city will have to travel for free for three months in these buses. Next three months, school children will be able to travel for free on these buses. College students were given 66 percent, senior citizens and pilgrims to travel with 50 percent concession. Any passenger can make a pass of Rs.25 and travel a whole day. Sidhu said that the buses under the BRTS project will set a 31-km route. 47 bus will reach the bus stand after every four minutes.
At what time the bus will reach the bus stand, the information will be seen on the passenger bus stand on the screen. All buses have a camera, GPS automatic door facility. The passenger who buys the ticket from the card will be given a 20 percent discount. On this occasion, Minister Omprakash Soni, MLA Dr. Rajkumar, Sunil Datti, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu were present. A magnificent park will be built in the garbage dump of the Bhagta, who is turning bigger in the politics of Guru Nagari. Work will be started next week, which will be completed in 6 months.
This information was given by Minister Navjot Sidhu in a press conference. Sidhu said that for the removal of the dump the machine costing Rs.3 crores is being purchased. Plants will also be planted in the 20-acre dump land. Dump garbage will be raised in such a way that people living nearby will not have any problem.