Himachal Pradesh is one of the few hilly/mountainous states in the Indian Union. Having a population close to 7 million spread across various terrains & geographies, it is necessary to have a proper transport infrastructure to distribute resources everywhere & ability to travel to those places. Buses are one of the most prominent modes of transport for people in Himachal Pradesh. Now both Public and private buses are reaching the remotest corner and they are one of the biggest factors to drive the economy of these places. So, today we will talk about the State-owned HRTC: Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation & here are 10 Facts about HRTC: Lifeline of Himachal Pradesh
1. The slogan of HRTC is safe service, courteous service.
2. The corporation was jointly founded by the Government of Punjab, Government of Himachal Pradesh and Railways in 1958 as Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation.
3. On 2nd November 1974, the corporation was fully handed over to Government of Himachal Pradesh and it was renamed to HRTC: Himachal Road Transport Corporation.
4. HRTC provides services on 2800 routes and has a fleet of 2600 buses which comes under 27 depots.
5. HRTC has its corporate office at Capital city, Shimla and four divisional offices located at Shimla, Mandi, Hamirpur and Dharmshala, each having an integrated workshop.
6. HRTC also owns 3 bus body building units along with 3 tire pre-cure re-treading plants at Mandi, Parwanoo, and Jassur.
7. There are few Driver Training Institutes located in Jassur, Mandi, Taradevi, Hamirpur, Chamba, Sarkaghat and Kullu to test the skills of new drivers and to upgrade the skills of existing drivers.
8. HRTC operates on some of the highest motorable roads in the world which include routes like Leh-Delhi, Shimla-Kaza, Kullu-Kaza, Manali-Killar, etc. The roads to Kaza are also termed as the World’s most treacherous roads. So, it takes serious courage to drive safely and also steadily to reach on time.
9. The Leh-Delhi routes operated by HRTC is 1203 km long and is the longest route by any RTC in India with a travel time of approx. 35 hours with an overnight halt at Spiti.
10. HRTC categorizes its fleet of 2600 buses into 5 categories:
HIMSUTA (HRTC Volvo & Scania)
HIMGAURAV (Air-conditioned Deluxe buses)
HIM-MANI (NON AC – Deluxe buses)
JnNURM (City buses)
So these were 10 facts about HRTC and we hope that you enjoyed reading about this very lifeline of Himachal Pradesh. Do share it friends and family members 😇