Shimla: Himachal Pradesh transport minister Mahinder Singh today said the state government would formulate a new transport policy to meet the changing requirements of transport with the passage of time. He was presiding over the 5th meeting of Himachal State Transport Development and Road Safety Council here today.
He said that suggestions would be invited from all concerned about the operation of transport in the state so that a new policy could be formulated for the benefit of the people of the state at large. He reiterated the government’s resolve for providing better transport facility to the people in the state and said that the endeavour of the government was to provide transport facility to every village in the state connected by road.
Emphasizing the need for proper regulation of transport system, the minister directed for enforcement of laws in the right perspective and frequent checking of buses so as to earn more revenue to the state exchequer. He said that besides the existing authority to check the vehicles, government would consider to give power to check the vehicles to tehsildar, nayab tehsildar, regional manager and inspector of the Himachal Road Transport Corporation.
He said that it should also be ensured that precious human lives were not lost due to the human error as well as mechanical failure and transport rules should be enforced strictly.
The minister said that ‘Transport Nagars’ would be set up at such places where operation of vehicle was at large scale so as to regulate the traffic and to provide every facility, mechanical and otherwise, to the transporters at one place. He said that the government was also planning to introduce buses for students so as to provide them better facility and also avoid inconvenience to other passengers at peak hours.
Mahinder Singh directed that the information about the buses being run on each route should be prepared by incorporating bus number and telephone numbers of the owners and drivers and be made available in RTO offices and with all important functionaries.
Mahinder Singh also emphasized setting up of ‘trauma centre’, especially on major highways where flow of traffic is more, and assistance from those corporate houses involved in heavy operation of transport could also be taken.