Haryana Roadways has requested to set up local bus service for Panchkula

Taking note of the residents’ demands, the Haryana State Transport Commissioner has asked the Managing Director of Haryana Roadways, Panchkula, to consider their longstanding request for a local bus service in Panchkula.

In search of cheap and accessible means of transport for the inhabitants of the district, the members of the Association for the well-being of the citizens, Panchkula, had written to the commissioner in March.

According to the association, a local bus service was introduced in 1992, but discontinued within a month, as Haryana Roadways called it “beyond economic means”.

Association chairman SK Nayar said that since then Panchkula had been deprived of a bus service that linked one area to another. “As a result, people have been forced to rely on taxis, three-wheelers, rickshaws and private vehicles to get around the city. We have repeatedly raised the issue with the deputy commissioner, but to no avail,” he said.

The association stressed that the authorities should introduce minibuses to circulate in the city, with appropriate publicity.

Last year in June, Haryana Roadways introduced 10 minibuses at Panchkula Bus Station in Sector 5. Crisscrossing five routes, these mainly connect the city to Chandigarh and nearby villages.

Melvin Z. Madore