Mandi, Could 10
HRTC is operating 84 outdated buses in Mandi, Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti districts which have already accomplished their life span of 8.5 lakh kms.
Information accessed by The Tribune reveals that HRTC has deployed 619 buses for transport service at its six depots within the districts.
In Mandi district, HRTC has 4 depots at Mandi, Sundernagar, Sarkaghat and Dharampur. Mandi depot has 153 buses together with 41 outdated ones. Sundernagar depot has 92 buses together with seven outdated ones, whereas HRTC has 76 buses together with 12 outdated ones at Sarkaghat depot. Equally there are 46 buses together with eight in Dharampur depot which have accomplished their life span.
Of the entire 187 buses at Kullu depot, 5 are outdated whereas 11 out of 65 at Keylong depot in Lahaul and Spiti district have crossed their life span.
Residents of Mandi, Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti have been complaining in regards to the poor bus service of HRTC. In outdated buses, generally technical faults happen whereas operating on any route, which endangers the lives of the passengers. In view of the accidents occurring in HRTC buses within the final one 12 months, the folks of the three districts are demanding from the federal government to interchange the outdated buses.
Kunga Bodh, a member of the Zilla Parishad in Lahaul and Spiti, says that not a single new bus has been supplied to the Keylong depot since 2017.
Mandi Zone Divisional Supervisor Santosh Kumar says, “HRTC is sustaining the outdated buses as public security is our prime precedence. The federal government has given us permission to get rid of 33 outdated buses. HRTC is getting new buses in two months.