Govt to pro­cure­ment more buses for re­li­able trans­port

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The bur­geon­ing ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic in Thim­phu City has be­come a con­cern to ev­ery­one. The Govern­ment re­al­iz­ing that an ef­fi­cient ur­ban trans­port is the panacea to re­duce ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic in the cap­i­tal city has de­cided to pur­chase 10 ad­di­tional buses for city trans­port at a cost of Nu. 67. 55 mil­lion. The new buses pro­cured will be suit­able for city ser­vice op­er­a­tion and cater to the spe­cial needs of se­nior cit­i­zens and the com­muters with spe­cial needs. The buses are ex­pected to be de­ployed within the first half of 2016. The Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to im­prove City Trans­port Ser­vice and more re­sourc- es will be al­lo­cated for the pur­pose ei­ther on its own or through donors sup­port in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of elec­tric buses in fu­ture.

The ad­di­tional buses shall be de­ployed to aug­ment the present routes with high pas­sen­ger traf­fic flow, in­crease the fre­quency of buses in the pri­mary routes from 15 min­utes to 10 min­utes dur­ing peak hours, and de­ploy ad­di­tional buses in strate­gic routes.

The buses will con­tinue to ply through­out the day on pri­mary routes as per the pre­de­ter­mined sched­ule dur­ing the off hours. The time sched­ule shall be dis­played in all bus stops and strictly ad­hered to for con­ve­nience of com­muters. The time sched­ule shall also be made avail­able through mo­bile apps in fu­ture.

The aug­men­ta­tion is ex­pected to bring the about fol­low­ing ben­e­fits of pro­vid­ing re­li­able and af­ford­able trans­port, de­crease traf­fic con­ges­tion, emis­sion re­duc­tion; and ease hous­ing prob­lem in the core city area

Presently, there are 30 city buses man­aged by Bhutan Postal Cor­po­ra­tion in Thim­phu and with the ad­di­tion of th­ese 10 new buses, the city bus ser­vice in Thim­phu will have the ca­pac­ity to trans­port about 11,000 pas­sen­gers daily.

The City Bus ser­vice is highly sub­si­dized by the Govern­ment and the to­tal sub­sidy paid by the Govern­ment in the year 2014-2015 is Nu. 20.83 mil­lion.

De­spite the sub­sidy, the Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to main­tain an ef­fi­cient, re­li­able and af­ford­able ur­ban trans­port sys­tem. How­ever, it will not be pos­si­ble for the Govern­ment to main­tain this with­out the co­op­er­a­tion from all stake­hold­ers. There­fore, all stake­hold­ers and spe­cially the com­muters are earnestly re­quested to make use of the city bus ser­vice reg­u­larly and give feed back and sug­ges­tions for its con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment

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