HRTC resumes bus service on Himachal Delhi route, 21 buses made operational

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The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) resumed its bus services bound to Delhi following the Delhi government’s decision to open all inter state bus terminals. As many as 21 of the existing 215 routes routes have been made operational so far which does not include AC and Volvo buses. 

As per the information, the transport department scheduled 8 buses on Tuesday while 13 more were made open for booking on Wednesday. These buses can be boarded from Rohru, Mandi, Rampur, Nalagarh, Jogindernagar, Shimla, Hamirpur, Manali, Parwanoo, Sarkaghat, Dhanipukhar, Keylong, Reckong Peo, Chamba, Palampur, Pathankot, Nahan and Dharamshala  areas of Himachal Pradesh. 

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The HRTC bus service between the two states were not operational since past seven and a half months due to the COVID 19 crisis. Due to which there were reports of HRTC suffering huge monetary losses causing delay in disbursing the salaries of its employees. The development is being seen as the revival for not just the transport department but also for the local businessmen who depend on tourists for major part of their yearly income. The decision will also help the natives of Himachal Pradesh who work in Delhi and would be planning to come home for the upcoming festivals.

The department has also laid down guidelines for the safety of the travelers and its officials from coronavirus infection. Under which the officials have been asked to ensure sanitization of all the buses at the start and at the end of every journey along with mandatory thermal checking of temperatures of the passengers and the use of mask. The guidelines have also prohibited overloading of passengers in order to ensure social distancing. Furthermore, the department has also advised that only those buses that have 2015 or newer model can be allowed to enter the National Capital given the alarming pollution levels there.

According to the managing director of the HRTC, they are keeping the records of day to day earnings and ridership so that more buses and routes can be made operational as per the situation demands.  

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(Tourism News from The Himalayan Diary)

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