All-women city bus ser­vice rolled out

The Political and Business Daily - - ODISHA FOCUS - PBD BUREAU BHUBANESWAR, J ULY 29

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.

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