North Bengal State Transport Corporation unveils new website
The North Bengal State Transport Corporation on Wednesday launched its new website and released a documentary on the journey of the NBSTC that had been started by the erstwhile princely state of Cooch Behar.
NBSTC chairman Partha Pratim Roy, who launched the website at the corporation’s headquarters here, said the new website would provide links to online ticketing and information about buses.
“There was an old website that stopped working because of technical issues. That is why we have come up with a new website (www.nbstc.in). On the website, people can get a host of information about the NBSTC. We are in the process of starting an online ticketing system in the next six months,” said Roy.
According to him, passengers can get information about the routes, stoppages, timings and fares of NBSTC buses. “There is an option on the website for passengers to register complaints,” he added.
In 1945, the then king of Cooch Behar, Jagaddipendranarayan Bhup Bahadur, had launched the Cooch Behar State Transport with three buses and three trucks to facilitate the movement of people and goods in his region.
In 1949, Cooch Behar merged with India and in 1960, the Transport was acquired by the Bengal government and named the NBSTC. “We have made a documentary on the journey of the NBSTC since its initial days. Old photos and information have been uploaded on the website. People can catch a glimpse of the history of the NBSTC through this documentary,” said Roy.
The website will also carry statistical information like the total distance covered by NBSTC buses and their earnings. “These will be updated in due course,” he said.
As of now, the NBSTC has 21 depots across Bengal and a fleet of around 650 buses. There is a bus service between Kathmandu and Siliguri also.