Kolkata: An integrated board for Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) and West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) has been constituted to ensure better transport facility to commuters by reducing the loss incurred by the corporations.
It may be recalled that the World Bank has funded a project to rationalise routes in different areas. It has been found that in many places there were more buses and less commuters, while in other areas the ratio between the users and the vehicles are disproportionate.
Route rationalisation will help the commuters and bring down losses incurred by the various transport corporations. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the purpose of creating an integrated board is to bring down the expenditure. The State Government needs to pay Rs 40,000 crore to clear debts.
Thus, such a step has been taken to ensure that the common people continue to get better transport facilities and at the same time the expenditure comes down. She said that there is no reason for the employees of any of the three corporations to worry, as in case of any excess in manpower, they can be transferred to other departments.
The Chairman of the integrated board for CSTC, CTC and WBSTC is MLA Rachpal Singh and the Vice-Chairman is Swarnakamal Saha, who is known for his wide experience in the transport sector. Nayana Bandyapadhyay and Sujit Basu, MLAs from Chowringhee and Bidhannagar Assembly constituencies, respectively, are the two directors on the integrated board.
The boards of North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) and South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) were also reconstituted on Wednesday. MLA Sourav Chakraborty would continue as the Chairman of the board for NBSTC, and Arghya Ray Pradhan has become the Vice-Chairman.
Tamanash Ghosh is the Chairman of the board for SBSTC and Asit Majumder is the Vice-Chairman. There are five directors on the board for NBSTC and four for SBSTC.