Patiala: Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) today dispatched 32 buses fleet including Volvo Scania and HVAC buses to bring back the pilgrims of Punjab stranded at Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Nanded (Maharashtra) due to countrywide lockdown in the wake of Coronavirus disease.
PRTC Chairman Mr. K.K. Sharma flagged off 7 Volvo buses from Patiala bus stand. Speaking to media persons, Mr. Sharma said that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had made commendable efforts to bring back the pilgrims from Takht Sri Hazur Sahib by holding continuous talks with the Union Government as well as Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr. Uddhav Thackeray and Cabinet Minister Mr. Ashok Chouhan.
He appraised that out of total 32 buses of PRTC Patiala, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Sangrur and Bathinda depots, 15 Volvo and 17 HVAC Buses will bring back the pilgrims. He said that PRTC buses will be the part of total 80 buses state fleet, which will ply from Nodal district Bathinda towards Sri Hazur Sahib.
“Buses have already been sanitized and two sub-inspectors Mr. Amandeep Singh and Mr. Surinder Singh Tuli will accompany the fleet, who have also been provided with masks, sanitizers and gloves along with medicines, food items etc. for pilgrims. Besides this, additional drivers and mechanical staff will assist in the way”, he added. Responding to queries, Mr. Sharma said that government has provided all required funds to the PRTC.
On this occasion, Congress SC Cell Chairman Mr. Sonu Sangar, Patiala Depot GM Er. Jatinderpal Singh Grewal and Chandigarh Depot GM Mr. Maninderpal Singh Sidhu, DI Mr. Jatinder Joshi, Inspector Karam Chand, Sub Inspector Jaspal Singh, Mr. Vijay Kumar, Mr. Amandeep Singh and Mr. Rajdeep Singh were present.