Punjab govt launches online reservation for AC buses
CHANDIGARH: Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal Friday inaugurated in Chandigarh the facility of online reservation in AC buses of Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS. Punjab will be the first state in the North to introduce online reservation which will enable passengers to book their tickets from any location in India.
Master Mohan Lal said that the booking can be done by passengers at the website www.busindia.com. This facility is being presently offered on the air-conditioned bus service of PUNBUS and Punjab Roadways and after its successful implementations this facility will be extended to long route bus services of Punjab operating within the State and on inter- state routes within the next three months. The project of online reservation
is being implemented through the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), Pune, a premier organization of the Government of India.
Minister further said that initially, the facility of online reservation will be available from Chandigarh-Jalandhar-Ludhiana-Amritsar and Pathankot bus stands. It will be extended to Delhi bus stand shortly. Those passenger can book a ticket initially to board a bus from the above mentioned bus stands. Master Mohan Lal disclosed that PUNBUS is in the process of signing an agreement with Delhi International Airport Ltd.(DIAL) after which buses will start plying from the International Airport New Delhi and this facility will be available for the passengers of this bus service even from international locations.
Master Mohan Lal further said that the first super integral bus of the Department (Volvo) has already started operating on the Amritsar- International Airport. 11 more super integral buses will be introduced within 3 months. GPS is being installed in 130 buses in the first phase and after its successful implementation it will be introduced in more than 1000 buses operating in PUNBUS. 49 new HVAC Buses and 100 ordinary buses are being introduced in PUNBUS and will be on route by December 2010. Principal Secretary Transport disclosed that during the tenure of the present regime a record number of 1250 buses had been added to the fleet as against 607 during the five years between 2002-2007. The breakup of 1250 new buses added to the fleet is as under:-
Integral Coaches : 22
HVAC : 115
Ordinary buses : 950
KM scheme : 163
D.S.Jaspal Principal Secretary Transport and Mandeep Singh Director Transport were also present on the occassion.