UP Transport Minister assures boosting efforts towards last mile connectivity

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is committed to running buses from village to village. As per the intention of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Transport Corporation management is working rapidly towards connecting all the villages by bus. Taking the plans forward, instructions have been given to provide proposals related to laid and unlaid roads in rural areas by 25th October. The Transport Corporation will operate buses on the identified routes.

Transport Minister Dayashankar Singh said that notifications regarding creation of bus routes were issued in the 1950s after independence. After this, a large number of new divisions, districts, tehsils, block development offices etc. were formed and villages and towns developed into cities.

However, government notifications of rural bus routes remained unchanged. In view of this, the work of marking new routes is being done. At present the Transport Corporation is operating buses on 17729 km long notified routes including notified routes.

This is only 6.78 percent of the total routes of the state. The Transport Minister said that according to the survey conducted by the team of the Transport Corporation, the number of passengers served daily by bus in the state is only 20 percent as compared to Karnataka.

The reason for this is that the work of providing bus service to passengers traveling short distances has not been done yet. The Lucknow-Itauja-Sidhauli-Kamalapur-Sitapur route was created under the notification of 12 February 1951, whereas there is a continuous demand to operate buses in this area.

If income is not coming then do traffic survey

The Transport Minister said that if a bus is not earning enough, a traffic survey should be conducted. Assistant Regional Manager should review the income of the new bus service daily for a month. Bus timetables should be made to provide travel facilities to as many passengers as possible. Buses leave from the village in the morning and return to the village in the evening. Operating more number of buses on local routes will stop the operation of illegally operated vehicles.

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