High Commission of India donated 24 of the total 71 Buses to Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC)

The Government of India donated 24 of the total of 71 Buses earmarked to be donated to the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) on 25 August 2018 to enhance its capacity during the time they need capacity enhancement the most. All these Buses are amongst the biggest of the Buses being donated in this lot of 71. These buses are all 54 Seater ones with heavy duty Cummins engine of 180 horse power, 6 speed powerful gear box with over drive for Seychelles operational terrain, anti skid vandalize mounded passenger seats. They are also designed with disabled friendly features such as safety stop bells, retracing foot rest for ease in grace, safety belts at each seat and are enabled with ITES systems such as destination board, automated ticketing machine provisions etc.

All of these buses would be immediately put to use in Mahe, while the next lot arriving by the mid of September which are slightly smaller would be put to use in both Mahe and Praslin. All of these vehicles underwent rigorous inspection by the SPTC team, who had visited the manufacturing plant during the Body-Building process at-least 3 times to ensure that all the technical and quality aspects are being incorporated. It is to be noted that till date India has donated more than 1200 Buses to Seychelles so far, with around 200 buses on an average being donated to SPTC once every three years.

The Indian High Commissioner Dr Ausaf Sayeed handed over the keys of the vehicles to the Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mr. Wallace Cosgrow, who represented the Seychelles side on behalf of the Minister of Land Use and Transport, Mrs. Pamela Charlette. Other invitees present at the function include Amb. Barry Faure, Secretary of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Patrick Payet, Secretary of State in Ministry of Finance, Mr. Damien Thesee, Principal Secretary in Ministry of Finance, Mr. Hans Aglae, Special Advisor in President’s Office, Mr. Patrick Andre, Principal Secretary, Land Transport, Mr. Patrick Vel, CEO of SPTC, amongst others. 

Speaking at the occasion Dr Ausaf Sayeed said the India and Seychelles share a robust relationship in Land Transportation assistance, dating back to the 1980s and with over 1200 Buses donated over the years. He said; "This is a proud privilege for India to assist Seychelles in the capacity building and development of the Seychelles Public Transportation Network, at the time the Seychelles Government needs us the most.” He also added that India always stands firm in its commitment to support Seychelles in building its capacity and to address its urgent needs” It is praiseworthy to note that Government of India is supporting SPTC with the urgent procurement of spare parts worth USD 353,000 (approx. SCR 4.94 Million) which were lost due to the fire accident that engulfed the SPTC Godown in the first week of this month.

Minister Wallace Cosgrow thanked the Indian High Commissioner for the valuable donation at the most testing times and remarked that the SPTC has always benefitted from the aid provided by the Government of India. He said that TATA Motors has been the main automobile and spares supplier for SPTC and most of the Buses procured so far was through the donation from the Indian Government.

The event concluded with the blessing of the vehicles followed by Snacks & Refreshments being served.