6 years on, Metro bus service in Amritsar removed from being worthwhile
Amritsar, September 21
Six years after the inauguration of the Metro bus service being run beneath the Bus Speedy Transit System (BRTS), it has not been streamlined and continues to be removed from being self-dependent.
Nonetheless, a rise within the ridership has been reported after revising the fare final 12 months. There are some routes, the place the variety of passengers just isn’t as per the expectations. The Punjab Metro Bus Society has claimed that the ridership has elevated to 45,000 per day.
It’s value mentioning that the fare of the Metro bus service was revised by the Transport Division in July 2021. The fare was fastened at Rs 5 and Rs 10. Free bus service was being offered to college students of as much as Class XII.
The extension plans of the BRTS routes have been dropped as a consequence of political intervention through the Congress regime. Earlier, the authorities had began working the Metro bus between Gheo Mandi (close to Golden Temple) and Sri Guru Ram Das Jee Worldwide Airport in 2021. The brand new route had elevated the ridership, however non-public operators opposed the transfer.
Below the strain of private-bus operators, MP Gurjit Singh Aujla suspended the route. Native NGOs and activists have been repeatedly demanding to renew the service from the airport to the Golden Temple. However even after the change of energy within the state, the AAP authorities didn’t make any effort to renew the route. The federal government had proposed to increase the route for Ram Tirath Street and in addition present service to Attari-Wagha Indo Pak border. Nonetheless no resolution has been applied but.
Kulwant Singh, a neighborhood resident, stated, “The BRTS is serving the residents on solely three routes. There isn’t any different public transport within the metropolis to compete this service. So the Metro buses have good potential. It may very well be worthwhile for the federal government in the event that they severely plan its routes. The proposed routes must be began and the bus from Darbar Sahib to Worldwide Airport must be resumed”.