The Public Transport System in Punjab would witness a major facelift as now Vehicle Tracking System be set up in all the PRTC, PUNBUS and Punjab Roadways buses. Likewise all the bus stands situated in the state would have access to free wifi & internet facility. It was disclosed by Mrs. Razia Sultana, Transport Minister in a press communiqué after presiding over a meeting with General Managers of PRTC and Punjab Roadways held at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh. She said that Vehicle Tracking System would give real time position of any bus plying in the state and also it would give additional information like which bus stopped at which bus stand and for how much time. Similarly it would also keep tab on the irresponsible working of the drivers like if a drivers ignores any bus stop do not halt bus, officers can monitor such activity of the bus while sitting in the office. She said that the success of Vehicle Tracking System has been tested in 350 PRTC buses and now this system would be installed in all the Punjab Roadways, PUNBUS and PRTC buses.The Transport Minister said that Regional Transport Authority would conduct surprise checking to check the schedule timing of bus routes. She said that action against the violators of the scheduled timing of bus routes would be taken at the spot. She said that General Manager would assist the RTAs and provide every information during this surprise checking.
Mrs. Razia Sulana also reviewed the working of the General Managers and asked them to work tirelessly to increase the revenue of the department so as to bail out the Transport Department from the acute monitory deficit. She said that lethargy of the General Managers in this regard would attract strict departmental action against them. She said that soon 100 new buses would be added in the PRTC fleet to provide better transportation facility to the citizen.The Minister said that the Punjab Government would soon extend free Wifi & internet facility to the citizen at each bus stand of the state. She said that the facility of free Wifi has already been started at Ludhiana and Jalandhar. She also directed all the GMs to pay special attention on the beatification of the bus stands. Transport Minister instructed the GMs to furnish the detail of vacant sanctioned posts of drivers and conductors and assured them to fill the vacant posts soon.Prominent amongst those who attended the meeting included Mr.K. Siva Prasad, Principal Secretary, Mr. Tejinder Singh Dhariwal, Director, Mr. Amit Bamby, Additional Managing Director, PRTC and other senior officers of the department.