All HRTC bus services restored to neighboring States

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Road Transportation Corporation (HRTC) restored all its bus services to the neighboring States from August 27 evening. Earlier, only 50 percent services were restored.

The services were suspended since August 25 in wake of the possible violence over the verdict on Gurmeet Ram Rahim in the 2002 rape case.

After the eruption of the violence in Panchkula, entire traffic on the Shimla-Chandigarh route including trucks and cars were halted. After the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda Chief, the goons had gone on a rampage. Hundreds of vehicles were set ablaze and 36 people were killed in the clash with the security forces.

Today, the Transport Minister G.S. Bali informed that this decision was taken after a discussion with Director General of Police and other concerned officers on the current situation after reviewing every aspect pertaining to transport services and passenger.

He said that the buses started to ply on these routes from Sunday evening. The online booking service has also been restored.

The situation will be again reviewed on Monday evening to ensure safety and security of passengers, informed the Minister.

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