Adityanath launches saf­fron buses for ru­ral con­nec­tiv­ity

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LUCKNOW: Chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath on Wed­nes­day an­nounced his gov­ern­ment will build ‘gau­rav paths’ for mar­tyrs’ vil­lages, con­nect­ing them to a reg­u­lar bus ser­vice.

These ‘gau­rav paths’ will be ru­ral link roads.

The CM also said the gov­ern­ment will erect gates at the en­try of the mar­tyrs’ vil­lages and in­stall stat­ues of those who laid down their lives de­fend­ing the coun­try.

He made this an­nounce­ment while launch­ing the new ‘Sankap Bus Ser­vice’ here. He flagged off 50 saf­fron buses of the UP State Road Cor­po­ra­tion’s (UPSRTC) at his 5, Kal­i­das Marg res­i­dence in the morn­ing.

They will ply on ru­ral routes in Varanasi, Go­rakh­pur, Kan­pur, Al­la­habad, Bareilly and Mo­rad­abad.

The new ser­vice will cater to un­served vil­lages as part of the gov­ern­ment’s vision to con­nect all the 40,000 vil­lages of the state to bus ser­vice in the next four years.

Sources said the Sankalp bus ser­vice was launched at very short no­tice. “We got a call from the CM of­fice on Tues­day noon ask­ing us to be ready for the launch,” an of­fi­cial dis­closed.

Min­is­ter of state for trans­port (in­de­pen­dent charge) Swatantra Dev Singh said the UPSRTC had iden­ti­fied 38,254 un­served vil­lages which will be con­nected to the reg­u­lar ru­ral bus ser­vice.

“We aim to con­nect 9,563 vil­lages to the Sankalp ser­vice ev­ery year, cov­er­ing all the vil­lages within next four years,” he said.

Any­one trav­el­ling in the Sankalp bus ser­vice will have to pay the fare as ap­pli­ca­ble in or­di­nary buses with no dis­count at all.

This will be in a sharp con­trast the sub­sidised Lo­hiya ru­ral bus ser­vice that charges 25% lower fare.

The Akhilesh Ya­dav gov­ern­ment had launched the sub­sidised Lo­hiya ru­ral bus ser­vice to con­nect vil­lages to their dis­trict head­quar­ters. Around 1,500 Lo­hiya buses are al­ready cater­ing to around 16,000 vil­lages. The then gov­ern­ment had given the money to the UPSRTC to buy new buses on the un­der­stand­ing that the cor­po­ra­tion will in re­turn pro­vide sub­sidised ser­vice.

Sources said the Yogi Adi­tanath gov­ern­ment too wanted its saf­fron bus ser­vice to be sub­sidised but the au­thor­i­ties failed to reach a con­sen­sus on fund­ing.

SUBHANKAR CHAKRABORTY/HT

Ut­tar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath flags off the ‘Sankalp’ bus ser­vice in Lucknow on Wed­nes­day.

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