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Chairs 86th BoDs meet of JKRTC

Jammu: Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, today chaired the 86th Board of Directors (BoDs) meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Road Transport Corporation (JKRTC) at the Civil Secretariat here.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, PWD, Shailendra Kumar; Secretary Transport Department, Prasanna Ramaswamy G; DG Codes, Managing Director, JKRTC, Chief Engineer MED, and other concerned officers both in person and through video conferencing, an official press release informed.

It said during the meeting, the Board of Directors discussed various issues related to the functioning of the Corporation including maintenance of the fleet, improvement of services, and expansion of the corporation’s operations. The board also reviewed the financial performance of the Corporation and suggested measures to improve its profitability.

Addressing the officers during the meeting, Advisor Bhatnagar emphasized upon the management of the Corporation for optimal use of its fleet (buses/trucks) besides exploring other possible avenues for the generation of nonoperational revenue. He highlighted that the Corporation plays a vital role in providing reliable transport services to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and therefore it’s imperative upon the corporation to keep evolving with the modern transportation system.

The Advisor, who is also the Chairman of the Board, impressed upon the management of the Corporation to implement the latest technological advancements in the corporation so that the best facilities are provided to the general public. He also stressed on the importance of ensuring the safety and comfort of passengers using the corporation’s services.

During the meeting, the Board took some significant decisions for improving the overall health and performance of the Corporation.

The Board appreciated the Corporation for implementing the first phase of ITMS and asked them to make it fully functional within a period of one month so that the general public and commuters are benefitted from the online ticketing facility.

The Board also directed the Corporation to devolve other means of earning nonoperational revenue. The Board asked them to utilize the spaces inside and outside the buses for advertisement purposes and prepare a thorough plan for the same in consultation with the information department and other departments.

The Board also asked the Corporation to organise a skill upgrading training programme for employees of the Corporation in collaboration with IIM Jammu and IIT Jammu.

During the meeting, Managing Director, JKRTC, gave a detailed presentation on the performance and functioning of the Corporation.

Meanwhile, Advisor Bhatnagar also launched the Starbus web portal ( and Pathik Traveler Mobile App of JKRTC on the occasion.

These IT initiatives are an end-to-end workflow-based solution for the complete automation of processes related to the operation, management, and maintenance of bus operations of the Corporation. These initiatives will also provide Automatic Fare Generation System, Station, Route and Service Management System, Fleet Management, Depot Automation, and Workshop Automation, among other end-to-end solutions to the corporation.

The initiatives will also provide an easy-to-use online ticket booking system for travelers, equipped with a search and booking facility in four easy steps.

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