62nd Anniversary of PEPSU Roadways opening Ceremony
Patiala-Partap Singh Kairon, Chief Minister of erstwhile United Punjab performed the Opening Ceremony of PEPSU Roadways (now Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation) on the 18th may 1956 at its Head Office, Nabha Road, Patiala.
The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation, Patiala was set-up on 16th of October, 1956 under the provision of the Road Transport Corporations Act, 1950 with a view to provide efficient, adequate, economic and properly co-ordinated operation system of Road Transport Services in the State.
It commenced passenger transport operations with a meager investment of Rs. 25.00 lacs and the fleet of 60 buses covering 11,107 daily scheduled kilometers on 15 routes with 345 employees. At present, the PRTC had owned 912 ordinary buses, 2 AC buses and 24 HVAC buses and 36 hired buses under KM Scheme, 600 routes (including inter-state routes) covering a daily mileage of 349928 kilometers. It has 4744 employees as on 31.8.2009. There are 10 depots of the Corporation located at Patiala, Bathinda, Kapurthala, Barnala, Sangrur, Budhlada, Faridkot, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Special Cell of KM Scheme at Patiala.
The Head office of the corporation is situated at Patiala. The operation of bus services by PRTC is not only confined to Punjab State, but it has also been providing bus services to the neighboring states like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Union Territories of Chandigarh and Delhi. The PRTC provides services not only on intercity routes but also links the remote villages with the nearby towns and cities. It is also extending free/concessional travel facilities to various categories of commuters as per the instructions of the State Govt. from time to time.
New services on the routes Faridkot – Delhi, Faridkot – Chandigarh, Ludhiana – Delhi have been added
PRTC is having 10 depots all over Punjab the details of which are as given below along with the fleet strength and scheduled kilometer:
Depots and Fleet of Pepsu Road Transport Corporation
|Depot||Owned Buses||Hired Buses||Total||Scheduled KMs Alloted|
|Patiala||8HVAC + 2AC +162 Ordinary Buses=172||3 AC||175||56688|
|Bathinda||12 HVAC + 118 Ordinary||39||169||59064|
|Ludhiana||6 HVAC + 77 Ordinary||32 Ordinary + 8 Integral AC||123||37870|
|Faridkot||71 Ordinary + 3 HVAC + 19 Kilometer Scheme||0||93||28188|
|Chandigarh||10 HVAC+103 Ordinary=113||0||113||42020|
|Spl. Cell||0||20 Ordinary||20||12543|