Uttarakhand Transport Corporation to sign inter-state bus service pact with UP, J&K, Haryana and Chandigarh
In order to facilitate better bus connectivity in other states through a formalized agreement on the number of daily trips, the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) is likely to sign the inter-state bus service pact with Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Chandigarh soon.
The pact would be aimed at fixing the total number of trips allocated for the buses of each state on a given inter-state route basis the length of route falling in each state.
Once the pact is signed, UTC buses would be granted permit by the four states to ply on the decided routes.
UTC recently signed inter-state agreement with Himachal Pradesh.
Currently, UTC buses ply in inter-state routes without formalized agreements, which sometimesleads to spat between roadways staff of the states involved.
The UTC buses are stopped by the transport officials in other states forcing the passengers to abort their journey midway. In September 2014, similar problems of staff tussle between UP and Uttarakhand roadways escalated into a major crisis.
Transport officials halted each other’s buses in the absence of inter-state agreement for the movement of buses. However, the matter was resolved after managing directors of UTC and UPSRTC intervened.
When asked about the proposed timetable of fixed routes with four states, Deepak Jain, General Manager(operations) UTC said, “Number of fixed routes and total operating kilometres that the buses would be allowed to cover in each territory will be decided at later stage.”
Incidentally, UTC officials are planning to direct bus connectivity between Jammu and Dehradun after an agreement is signed with the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “We have direct Volvo bus service till Katra and we are planning to run daily direct bus for Jammu as well,” said Deepak Jain.