Shimla: 18 new Innova taxid have started plying in Shimla under the ‘Ride with Pride’ scheme of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC).
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur handed over keys to the drivers and flagged off these vehicles from Oak Over. These vehicles worth Rs. 2.91 crores have been provided under the Smart City Shimla project and people would get its services from today itself.
Through Ride with Pride taxi service, better transport facilities would be available to the local residents,including the elderly, women, physically challenged people and the tourists at large.
Ride with Pride taxis were already being operated by HRTC and this service was proving to be very useful especially for women, senior citizens and patients. More than three thousand commuters were using this taxi service in Shimla city every day.
Apart from 18 Innova taxis, 12 tempo travelers and 20 electric buses had also been sanctioned to HRTC under the Smart City project, which would be dedicated to the people of the state next month.
Rs 46 crore had been sanctioned for tempo traveler, electric buses, Dhali bus stand, charging station Tara Devi and digital payment system under the project.
The Chief Minister said 205 new buses had been added to the fleet of HRTC recently. The total number of buses in the fleet of the Corporation had risen to 3100 now. Approval has been given for the purchase of 397 more new buses in the current fiscal year.