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Bus services of 1000 BS-6 emission norms will be started in the state – Gujarat CM

“1,000 BS-6 Emission Norms buses will be launched this year in Gujarat, despite coronavirus, to keep wheels moving”

Gandhinagar, Monday: Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani expressed his view that the state government has not allowed transportation services to be impacted during Covid-19 time and kept it functional, not for making profit but to provide service to people of the state.

While launching 101 ST buses, he said it is for the first time that buses having BS-6 Emission Norms are introduced, for providing service to the commuters of the state, by Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation, called ST in short.

In this context, the Chief Minister also added that Covid-19 has affected the travel and tourism sector while the State Government’s Road Transport Corporation has provided required transportation to people of the state for daily activities by operating buses with 50 per cent passenger capacity.

The Chief Minister made an important announcement in January this year that the state government shall start 1000 bus services with advanced BS-6 Emission Norms in public service.

The employees of ST Corporation, even in this time of Covid-19, have built 101 BS-6 buses of the first lot out of total 1,000 buses in the Central Workshop at Naroda.

The Chief Minister flagged off these 101 buses from Gandhinagar through video conferencing, offering passenger-oriented services in 16 ST Divisions of the state. Minister of Transport Mr. R.C. Faldu from Jamnagar as well as Minister of State Mr. Ishwarsinh Patel from Bharuch joined on this occasion through video link.

Chief Minister congratulated the staff for building these buses in-house and further said that it is commendable that they have not let the activities hinder even in this Covid-19 phase and continued providing transportation services.

He also appealed to the workers of ST Corporation to take vaccines and fulfil their responsibility to keep themselves, their families, and commuters safe.

On welcoming all, Minister of Transport Mr. R. C. Faldu said that Gujarat Road Transport Corporation is contributing to the cause of Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi to provide support to dynamism of the country through effective transportation service.

On this occasion, Additional Chief Secretary of Transport and Ports, Mr. Kamal Dayani, MD of ST Corporation Mr. S. J. Haider as well as officials including General Manager of the Corporation Mr. Wala, Secretary Mr. Nirmal Anand were also present.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat