Himachal Pradesh road transport corporation (HRTC) was one of the first to induct Volvo coaches. First started with Volvo B7R Mk2, they were perfect fit for their long distance and ghat routes. Since then, the number of Volvo buses with the Himachal Road Transport Corporation has reached upto 100, while the strength of the regular bus fleet has increased from 1,600 to 3,100 in the past years. These buses connect various parts of HP with Delhi, Jaipur
Recently Volvo bus service was flagged off in Palampur-Chandigarh and Palampur- Delhi routes. Palampur-Chandigarh Volvo bus would start in the morning and reach to Himachal Bhawan in Chandigarh to facilitate return for the people coming to PGI on the same day.
Himachal Pradesh would soon become the first state in the country to ply electric buses on the Manali-Rohtang route and later these buses would also be introduced in other areas to reduce air pollution. Various steps are taken by the corporation, and its revenue has increased by Rs 8 crore this year and the bus services are being improved and bus stands are now equipped with better facilities.
Apart from Volvo 9400, Scania Metrolink HD 12m caoch is also operated by HRTC .
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