With passenger traffic increasing, the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) – an undertaking of the state government – has sent a proposal to the government to add around 700 buses to its existing fleet of 8,000-odd buses.
GSRTC at present has a fleet of 7,966 buses. But GSRTC Secretary Ravi Nirmal said that they have received a number of representations demanding launch of new bus routes and increasing frequency of buses on existing routes.
“We have received representations from elected representatives to launch new routes and increase frequency of buses. Therefore, we have sent a proposal to the state government this year to increase our fleet size to 8,700 buses,” Nirmal told The Indian Express.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of a new satellite bus station of GSRTC in Rajkot.
He added that the passenger traffic is increasing and therefore, the GSRTC needs more buses. “The overall passenger load factor is 75 per cent to 80 per cent. It goes up to 90 per cent in premium bus services. Keeping this in mind, we have sent the proposal to the government to increase our fleet size,” Nirmal said.
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He added, “Over the last five years, we have already added 200 premium buses and 50 electric buses to our fleet.”
Incidentally, GSRTC is in the process of modernising its fleet. It has already inducted 1,000 new buses which meet BS-IV emission norms and has become the first public transport service provider in the country to do so.
An official release from that GSRTC will induct 2,012 more new buses of super express-type in its fleet. Of them, 730 will be manufactured in-house while 1282 will be purchased in ready-to-drive condition.
It had also inducted 1,000 new buses, including 500 super express buses and 300 luxury buses in 2021-22.
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