Bhubaneswar: The state government has decided to introduce Mo Bus service in over twenty routes as the facility has got tremendous response from the people.
Reviewing the communication scenario in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Khurda region vis-à-vis the plying of Mo Bus, minister for housing and urban development Pratap Jena said this bus service has earned accolades of the commuters. He said the number of commuters will touch one lakh by the end of this year.
The minister said plying of Mo Bus has drastically reduced the level of pollution as most the commuters leave behind their vehicles to travel in these buses. Jena said the state government is providing a staggering Rs 55 crore subsidy for plying of this bus service and added fifty electric buses will run very shortly on the city routes for the convenience of passengers.
Notably, the Mo Bus service was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik on November 6, 2018 under the Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) department.
A press release issued by the information officer Ashutosh Paikray said the bus service is equipped with high tech facilities with WiFi which has attracted the city dwellers accustomed to smart services. These are plying in twenty routes of the twin cities, the release said. Of the 200 fleet, some are air-conditioned which cater to the needs of modern commuters.
The release further said that a commuter with the Mo Bus App could track the buses and book tickets online. The authorities have issued Bhubaneswar Pass, Magic Pass and Route Pass for the convenience of passengers, it added.
According to the press release, special concessions will be given to differently-abled passengers in AC and non-AC buses. The mentally retarded individuals and persons affected with HIV will be given free ride in Mo Bus. Seats are also reserved for differently-abled and senior citizens, the release added.
The officials present in the review meeting were principal secretary G Mathivathanan, Municipal director Sangramjit Nayak, special secretary, housing and urban development, PK Jha, Suvendu Kanungo, Belalsen Behera and CRUT Managing Director Arun Bothra.