SRTC bus service was today flagged off in Batote in presence of MLA Ramban.
Two SRTC buses were flagged off from Batote to Jammu by MLA Ramban Neelam Kumar Langeh.
Speaking on the occasion, the MLA said the buses will run routinely from the town via Patnitop.
The MLA said that to compensate the loss in business in Batote and adjoining areas after opening of Nashri Chenani tunnel, the minister of state for transport sanctioned a fleet of ten buses, one bus each would ply between Batote Jammu, Assar Jammu, Rajgargh Jammu, Sanasar to Jammu, Baglihar dam to Batote and vice versa.
The areas en route to Patnitop from Batote to Nashri has become isolated as no public transport vehicle especially buses ply on it.
"It will do a lot of help to the business community and inhabitants living on both sides en route Batote to Chenani," he said.
Residents of Batote appreciated the move and thanked the minister concerned for showing concern for the people.