Founded on – 1st August 1963
Fleet strength – 750
No of Depot – 14
South Bengal State Transport Corporation, initially known as “Durgapur State Transport Board (DSTB)”, a road transport service was started for the people of the industrial township, Durgapur. Initially transport services were operated only in Durgapur, later in coming years, the fleet strength was increased and long distance services was introduced. In 1973 the board was converted into a public sector undertaking and was renamed as “Durgapur State Transport Corporation (DSTC)”.
The South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) is the new name given to the PSU with effect from 1988 with a view to extend its road transport services in the southern districts of West Bengal. SBSTC has its head office located at Durgapur and has two divisions to operate its services i.e Durgapur and Belghoria. SBSTC runs bus service from its 14 depots. It mainly runs Express bus services on various routes throughout the districts of southern Bengal. There are some routes of SBSTC which connect places of North Bengal like Malda, Balurghat with important townships of South Bengal. Some inter-state services are run to Jharkhand too. Some Short-Distance services and intra-city services are also run.
SBSTC currently has a fleet of nearly 750 buses. The buses are of Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors and Eicher made. The fleet consists of 21 air conditioned buses which connects Kolkata with Digha, Burdwan, Asansol etc. Most of the bodies of the buses are built by bus body builders in West Bengal like Garrison, GSSI coaches, Jai Udyog etc. In JNNURM-1 SBSTC received 93 ACGL built Tata 1618c buses and 16 Mungi built Ashok Leyland Viking SLF buses. Subsequently a huge chunk of buses have been transferred to West Bengal Transport Corporation(WBTC) for operation in and around Kolkata. In JNNURM-2, SBSTC received 82 Ashok Leyland Janbus Midi BS-3 buses and 20 Ashok Leyland FE SLF BS-3 buses. 12 Janbus Midi buses have been transferred to WBTC. SBSTC has a bus repairing and bus body rebuilding workshop at Durgapur.
On 27th January 2016, 7 Ashok Leyland built CNG buses were inaugurated by the C.M. of West Bengal at Kolkata. These are among the first CNG buses in West Bengal to be run at Asansol and Durgapur. These buses have been jointly procured by Environmental Department and Transport Department of West Bengal. A work order of 10 each CNG buses were issued to Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors.
SBSTC plans to introduce more CNG buses in the year 2017-18. Online booking system has already been introduced on most of the routes. Electronic ticketing machines have also been introduced for conductors in buses. The Corporation intends to connect more rural areas in southern Bengal with the major townships of West Bengal in the near future.
- Satayu Ghosh