Dera chief verdict: HRTC further suspends services on 200 interstate routes


Following the Dera Chief Verdict at CBI Court Panchkula today, Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) further suspended its 200 services plying on the interstate route through Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh till 1500 hours tomorrow, the State Government spokesman said.


In a press statement issued today HRTC spokesman said that in order to protect the state property and lives of passengers HRTC decided to further suspend more than 200 services plying between, Shimla-Chandigarh, Shimla-Delhi, Shimla-Haridwar, Shimla-Una and other routes till 1500 hrs tomorrow. Spokesman said that that effort is made to avert following violence and fire arson after CBI Court Panchkula convicted Dera Chief Ram Rahim in rape case today.


All the services of HRTC run on the interstate route after touching the ISBT Chandigarh remained suspended since last 24 hrs and now it would not ply further till 1500 hrs tomorrow. The transport would review the situation of law and order in the border states before plying its services after 1500 hrs tomorrow, spokesman added. HRTC rendered estimated loss of Rs one Crore to HRTC per day due to the suspension of its fleet in the border states. After review, the law and order situation today HRTC decide to not further run fleet on its after 1700 hrs today.


After taking the stroke of situation the HRTC management decided to continue the suspension of services on the interstate routes however it would remain continued in the intrastate routes. Transport Minister G.S. Bali told media yesterday that as precautionary measures HRTC would not run any service between 1700 hours today to Friday 1700 hours on Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttrakhand as more than 200 services are on these route by State Corporation. For the emergency situation, HRTC kept four light vehicles ready to ply on these route.

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