Bhubaneswar: Commuters in the city will be able to avail cool and comfortable journey during the blistering summer as the Bhubaneswar-Puri Transport Corporation Limited (BPTCL) has kicked off the much waited air-conditioned (AC) buses on Monday. Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik today flagged off 12 AC buses named as Red Line Bus Service.
“While four AC buses will ply inside the city between Nandankanan-Airport route, four each will connect Bhubaneswar and Cuttack with Puri,” said Sudhanshu Jena, CEO of Dream Team Sahara (DTS) Sudhansu Jena. DTS operating the city bus service in Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack and Khurda.
“Tourists and daily passengers would take the advantage of these AC busses few days later because these busses are equipped with all the modern facilities. For next few days we will impart training to our drivers who have been recruited recently of the Red Line Bus Service,” Jena added.
12 AC buses were procured from a Lucknow based manufacturer with a cost of Rs 40 lakh each. These red colored busses which are new for the local commuters are fitted with LED displays, CCTV, LCD display, sophisticated operating systems, automatic gear, latest electronic preventive circuits.
The unique feature of these buses is the automatic warning system. A sensor controlled gadget has been fitted at the dash board. If any untoward incident occurred during passenger boarding or departure the sensor will immediately alert the driver and the bus will stop running.
According to BPTCL sources passengers have to pay a little more for enjoying the cool ride. The fare for first three kilo meters has been fixed for Rs 16 and then Rs 2 for each kilo meter.
“In the Red Line bus we gave equal importance both to safety and comfort. Earlier we had decided to install close circuit cameras sometimes later after the service kicked off. But keeping the safety factors especially for the women passengers we asked the manufacturing company to finish the CCTV installation before the procurement,” said Ananta Narayana Jena, Bhubaneswar Mayor.