ASTC has a total of 1,163 buses Credit: Representational image

Guwahati: State-run Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) has 1,163 buses, of which only 750 buses are plying on roads, informed transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on Thursday during the ongoing Budget Session of Assam Legislative Assembly.

Replying to questions, Patowary said that of the total buses, 960 are in running condition but 255 are under repair. And 203 buses cannot be repaired, so the government is planning to sell them.

On revenue earned in 2019-20 (up to January), Patowary said ASTC earned around Rs 86 crore, which appears to be a decline from 2018-19 where the state-run department earned Rs 96.55 crore. However, it has projected a revenue earning of Rs 10.35 crore (approx) for 2019-20.

Meanwhile, from March 2019 till date, in terms of issuing Pollution Under Control Certificates (PUCC) to vehicles, ASTC has collected a revenue of Rs 2,31,61,145.

The highest revenue collection is from Lakhimpur district with Rs 66,08,447, followed by Jorhat at Rs 16,17,815 and Dibrugarh at Rs 15,60,325.

In terms of fine collection due to non-availability or expired PUCC for the corresponding period, the state collected a total of Rs 9,90,47,654. The districts which contributed highest to such collection are Nagaon with Rs 1,58,13,000 followed by Sivasagar at Rs 1,03,73,023.

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