Brief History of the Organization


With the growth of industrial activities in Durgapur, Government of West Bengal decided to provide an economic, adequate and efficient road transport service to the people of Durgapur industrial township complex. With the avowed objectives, the Government started a state transport service on 1st August 1963 with a fleet of 8 buses. Initially, transport services were operated only in the township covering a total route length of 65 km. In 1964-65, the fleet strength increased to 25 with a total operating route length of 102 kms.


In 1965-66, long distance mofussil services were first introduced covering total route length of 428 kms. and the fleet strength increased to 62 buses. On 15th Aug.1967, the Departmental Undertaking was converted into “Durgapur State Transport Board (DSTB)”. The Commissioner of Burdwan was made ex-officio Chairman of the Board.


In 1968-69, DSTB extended its activities through augmentation of fleet strength to 100 buses operating in 11 long distance routes and 8 township routes covering a total route length of 1200 kms and 176 kms respectively.


In 72-73, Durgapur-Siliguri bus service (550 kms,. one way) was introduced and the total route length of long distance and town services went up to 1650 kms and 143 kms respectively.


In 1973, DSTB was ultimately converted into public sector undertaking under the name and style of “Durgapur State Transport Corporation” (DSTC)with effect from 7th December, 1973 vide Government of W.B. notification dated 4.12.73. At that time, the fleet strength of the Corporation was 120 with 874 employees on its roll. The South Bengal State Transport Corporation is the new name given to  DSTC w.e.f. 17th March,1988 with a view to extend its road transport facilities in the five districts of South Bengal viz. Burdwan, Bankura, Purulia, Purba Midnapur,  Paschim Midnapur and Hooghly. At present serviceable fleet strength of the Corporation is 662. However SBSTC now operates, on an average, 465 buses daily on 191 routes, catering services on various districts, towns and villages of South Bengal, keeping 15% of the serviceable fleet for daily maintenance and repairing.