IEP Chandigarh, January 16
During the first 10 months of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann led government, Punjab Roadways/Punbus and PRTC has witnessed approx. 42 per cent surge in revenue in 2022. While divulging further, Transport Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar said that Punjab Roadways/Punbus and PRTC has registered Rs.1247.22 crore income from March to December 2022 with a 41.80 per cent increase, resulting in Rs.367.67 crore increase in revenue than the previous year. Notably, the income from government buses was Rs.879.55 crore in 2021. Divulging details, the Cabinet Minister said that the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) collected Rs.665.30 crore during the last ten months of 2022, while the earning during 2021 was mere Rs.446.83 crore, adding that revenue of PRTC increased by Rs.218.47 crore, which is 48.89 per cent. Similarly, the income of Punjab Roadways/Punbus was registered Rs.581.92 crore with an increase of Rs.149.20 crore during the last ten months of 2022, said Laljit Singh Bhullar, adding that it was Rs.432.72 crore during corresponding period of the previous year. Punjab Roadways/Punbus has registered a growth of 34.47 per cent during this period, he added. The Transport Minister said that the Mann Government has spent total of Rs.558.85 crore for a free travel facility to women in buses of Punjab Roadways/Punbus and PRTC from April to December 2022, while Rs.313.46 crore was spent during the corresponding period of the previous year. He said that PRTC spent Rs.299.66 crore under the free travel facility to women in 2022 as compared to Rs.166.87 crore in 2021. Likewise, Rs.259.19 crore was spent for a free travel facility to women in Punjab Roadways/Punbus buses during the year 2022 as compared to Rs.146.59 crore in the year 2021.