Punjab government’s Volvo buses to Delhi airport get good response : The Tribune India
Jalandhar, July 2
The luxury Volvo buses recently launched by the Punjab government to IGI airport in Delhi are getting a good response from NRIs compared to private travel companies, especially the Indo-Canadian transport company, which enjoyed previously from the monopoly on the road.
Roads officials said a majority of these buses are now operating at full capacity and have become the first choice of NRIs. Previously, the response to these buses was low as they did not drop off passengers until Terminal 3, but since the issue was resolved, bookings have reportedly increased.
Seven daily buses run from Jalandhar to IGI airport. The first bus leaves at 7 a.m. and the last at 11 p.m. “The government run Volvo bus service from Jalandhar to IGI Airport has benefited many travellers. Previously, we only had an Indo-Canadian bus service, and taking advantage of being the only player on this route, it was way too expensive,” said Jyoti Sachdeva, an NRI.
Another passenger, Harkamal Deep Singh, said: “Until June 19, the private operator was charging Rs 2,500. Since passengers switched to PUNBUS, it has reduced its fare from Rs 2,500 to Rs 1,950 and started providing refreshments and other items to passengers.
Meanwhile, Harinder Singh Cheema, District Chairman of Roadways Depot No.1 and Punjab Government Transport Workers Union (AITUC) said, “In the next 15 to 20 days, PUNBUS will have its own counter at Terminal 3 and passengers Coming from Delhi to Punjab will have no difficulty availing the service,” he added.