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New bus service launched

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A NEW BEGINNING : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda flagging off the Haryana Roadways' new Volvo Air- Conditioned bus service `Saarthi' from Haryana Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.

NEW DELHI: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday flagged off a new Volvo air-conditioned bus service, "Saarthi'', of Haryana Roadways from Haryana Bhavan here. To begin with, the service will provide three buses to Chandigarh and one to Katra daily from Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hooda observed that the new service would make travel more comfortable and convenient for the passengers and declared that more such services would be introduced in the near future which would also reduce the journey time between Delhi and Chandigarh.

Stating that extension of the bus service on the Delhi-Shimla and Delhi-Jaipur routes was also under consideration, the Chief Minister said effective steps would be taken to provide better amenities to the travelling people by making their journey more comfortable.

The Saarthi bus service will have three return trips on Delhi-Chandigarh route and one return trip on the Delhi-Katra route. The buses will start from Chandigarh for Delhi at 7 a.m., 12 noon and 11 p.m. and from Delhi to Chandigarh at 7 a.m., 1-30 p.m. and 11-30 p.m. On the Delhi-Katra route, the buses will start from both points at 9 a.m.

The fare between Delhi and Chandigarh will be Rs. 350 and between Delhi and Katra Rs. 700. A discount of five per cent will be given on the return ticket and the advance reservation facility will be available at the Chandigarh and Delhi bus stands.

Haryana Transport Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Volvo buses had been taken on lease by Haryana Roadways and would be plied on kilometre basis as the cost of each bus is between Rs 58 lakhs and Rs 60 lakhs. Stating that the bus service would cater to the needs of entrepreneurs, information technology professionals, officers and middle and higher middle classes, he said despite having the largest fleet of 3,500 buses in the country, Haryana Roadways would be adding another 2,500 in the next five years.

Under the scheme, he said, 500 new buses would be added in the fleet by replacing all those buses which were over seven years old. In the current financial year, 225 of the 765 buses which needed replacement have already been scrapped. Further, Mr Surjewala said CNG buses were also proposed to be introduced in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Sonepat for operation in the National Capital Region.

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