Thursday, August 14, 2014

New set of 53 buses to join SNT fleet by yearend REBYNA RANA

GANGTOK, 13 Aug: The SNT Division of the Transport Department, is all set to introduce 53 new buses to its fleet in the state under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM).
According to department officials, the Centre has sanctioned Rs 13.25 crore for the project in which 90% of the funds will be provided by the centre and 10% by the state government. The new buses are expected to take to the roads by the end of this year.
It was informed that 12 of the new buses will be AC buses and talks are on with Chennai-based automobile manufacturing company Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors for supply of the new buses. The new buses will have electronic information system where announcements will be made for stoppage along with visual display and e-tickets will be issued. The department is also making arrangements for staff needed for the new fleet.
The officials informed that increase in population in the state has led to a huge demand for public transport and this new fleet of buses hopes to address this demand. It was also informed that SNT has been catering to the Indian Army since 1963 and sometimes their buses have to be diverted for Army use in order to ferry army personnel. The new buses will also address this issue, they added.
At the moment, there are 89 SNT buses on the roads, it is informed.

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