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About HRTC And History

Things changed in 1958 when the Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation came into existence as a joint venture of the Northern Railway and Govt. of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. All of them combined together charted out the Road Transport Corporation Act of 1950 so that they can join the routes and efficiently operate the transport on the roads of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. In 1966, when Punjab was reorganized, Himachal Pradesh got the full rights to this corporation act and some hilly parts of Punjab were now included in Himachal. Ever since 2nd October 1974, the Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation and Himachal Pradesh Govt. Transport have become the Himachal Road Transport Corporation Since then it is functioning under the same name.

On 15th July 1948, when Himachal was formed, the government paid special attention to its roads. This is because at that time there were very few good roads in the state. When Himachal Road Transport Corporation was formed it led to the construction of 379 routes were under the operation of the HRTC. Since then the number of routes has increased to 2176 up to 2010-11. The fleet strength also witnessed a huge increase from 673 to 1921 in 2010-11. The development of road, growth in road lengths and increased infrastructure was a big success for the HRTC. This caused the growth of HRTC as well. In 1974-75, the buses that can be supported by the roads were 673 and the sanctioned bus stands were 4967. Even this number experienced a huge increase, now there are 1921 buses on the roads and sanctioned posts are 10730 in number.

Mission of HRTC

The main objective of HRTC is to provide efficient and reliable means of transportation that takes care of the preference, comfort level, safety and frequency of the passengers. They also try to keep the adverse environmental effects minimal.

History

During independence when states were being formed, Himachal Pradesh was put in the C category state. There were 33 small hilly regions lying in North Western part of the Himalayas which were combined together to form Himachal Pradesh on 15th April 1948. In 1949, transportation for moving passengers and goods were legalized in the state. In 1958, the Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation came into existence as a joint venture of the Northern Railway and Govt. of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. All of them combined together charted out the Road Transport Corporation Act of 1950 so that they can join the routes and efficiently operate the transport on the roads of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. In 1966 when Punjab was reorganized, Himachal Pradesh got the full rights to this corporation act and some hilly parts of Punjab were now included in Himachal Ever since 2nd October 1974, the Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation and Himachal Pradesh Govt. Transport have become the “Himachal Road Transport Corporation”. This name exists till today.

In the early 1960s, Kinnaur was opened when Hindustan Tibet National Highway’s construction was completed. When road construction was completed over Rohtang Pass in the late 1960s then Lahaul was opened. The only reason places like Lahaul are in connection with the state is because of high passes like Kunzum 4600 meter, Rohtang 4000 meter and Baralarcha 4300 meter. There is also a cold desert called Spiti but that area is highly underdeveloped.

The first five year plan’s topmost priorities were to build efficient roads to enable good transportation in Himachal Pradesh. There are 2 airports in the state, one near Shimla called Jubbar Hati and one near Kullu called Bhuntar.

Growth

In the state of Himachal Pradesh, the roads and the various road networks serve the main transportation purpose of people. Airways and railways have very limited use for getting around Himachal.

On 15th July 1948, when Himachal was formed, the government paid special attention to its roads. When Himachal Road Transport Corporation was formed, it led to the construction of 379 routes were under the operation of the HRTC. Since then the number of routes has increased to 2176 up to 2010-11. The fleet strength also witnessed a huge increase from 673 to 1921 in 2010-11.

Due to negligible use of railways in the state and its incompetence in reaching certain hilly regions, bus is the best mode of transportation available. The few rail lines that connect Shimla with Kalka and Pathankot with Jogindernagar are so slow that people prefer the fast paced buses.The twelve districts in the state that can be very easily accessed by the HRTC buses are as follows:

  • Bilaspur
  • Chamba
  • Hamirpur
  • Kangra
  • Kinnaur
  • Kullu
  • Lahaul and Spiti
  • Mandi
  • Sirmour
  • Shimla
  • Solan
  • Una

Labor Welfare


Benevolent Fund Scheme

The HRTC has its very own benevolent fund scheme for its employees. It provides monetary benefits to people who are working under the HRTC.

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