LAHORE  - The Lahore Transport Company (LTC) has decided to ply 312 more buses on 15 routes to cater the need of daily commuters in the city.

The decision was taken in Lahore Transport Company’s 46th Board of Directors meeting held at Punjab CM Secretariat on Tuesday.

The company would soon seek the interest of the transport company for plying buses through an advertisement, said the spokesperson for the LTC.

It was also decided in the meeting that public service vehicles under rent a car system would also be regulated in the city in the wake of hassle free transport facilities to the general public, added the spokesperson.

Besides having multi-billion metro bus track on Ferozpur Road, the Lahore’s public transport issues are yet to be resolved. The provincial metropolis desperately needs more than 2,000 against the present availability of around 300 to 350 buses.

The LTC always make tall claims about provision of better public transport facilities to daily commuters, but the ground situation is totally different. The company, which has been regulating the urban transport in Lahore for years, badly failed to provide better transport system in the city.

One can see, outdated mini vans and mazdas plying on different routes putting the passengers life at stake. The company could not streamline chingchi traffic in city which was banned by the court years ago. The claims of the company to provide special card to senior citizens, student card and female specific buses were also badly exposed.

Different routes have severe sacristy of public transport and the passengers have to either wait for around an hour or to get costly rickshaw to travel on some special routes.

In present situation, the company’s decision to run further buses at different routes might bring some relief for the commuters in coming days.

The statement issued by the LTC said that BOD meeting held under the chairmanship of Khawaja Ahmad Hassan, the company chairman. MPA Ramzan Sadique Bhatti, Secretary Transport Punjab Shaukat Ali, City Traffic Police Officer Tayyub Hafiz Cheema, LTC Chief Executive Officer Khawaja Haider Latif, Chief Financial Officer Mariam Khawar, Chief Operating Officer Omer Pirzada, Chief Technical Officer Badiur Rehman attended the meeting.

Khawaja Ahmad Hassan claimed that LTC brought revolution in the urban public transport.