All-women city bus service rolled out
IN a bid to ensure safety and security of women, the state government today rolled out the much-awaited all-women city bus service here.
Launching the service, Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik said, “I am delighted that the all-women city bus service has been started today.”
Four city buses would ply on two routes, connecting the airport and Nandankanan, and the other from KIIT and Balakati. All these buses with 60 seats each will run in two shifts—8.30am to 11am and 4.30pm to 7pm every day.
Bus number 207 will ply on the Airport-Nandankanan route, while the bus number 306 would ply on the KIIT—Balakati route.
“However, these buses will be available for both men and women in these routes. No male commuter will be allowed to travel from 8.30am to 11am and 4.30pm to 7pm,” Chairman of Dream Team Sahara, Nishikant Mishra said. Currently 110 buses are plying in twin city, said Mishra.
As to recruitment of women staff, Mishra said, “We have issued advertisement for these posts.”
The programme was jointly organized by Bhubaneswar Puri Transport Service Limited (BPTSL), a government-run special purpose vehicle managing JNNURM city bus service in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri and Dream Team-Sahara (DTS).
Notably, an MoU was signed earlier between BPTSL and DTS for operationalsing bus services in Bhubaneswar and Puri.
“In a bid to provide hassle free communication to AIIMS, four buses will be started plying from Master Canteen-AIIMS route from August 1,” informed Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Annata Narayan Jena.