Bhubaneswar:8/1/18;In order to provide a new experience in urban transport, the Temple City is all set to revamp its city bus service with the implementation of City Bus Modernisation Plan.
The proposed City Bus Modernisation Plan will be implemented in four phases.
In this phase, 200 new buses (50 standard AC buses, 50 standard Non AC Buses and 100 midi buses) will be added to the existing fleet of 110. Two new depots along with the existing depot shall be developed under this phase. The full-fledged commencement of this phase shall be expected to be achieved by October 2018, keeping in view of upcoming Hockey World Cup in the city.
In the second phase, electricity mobility would be introduced in the city as per the changing world order and affinity towards electricity vehicles which will help in bringing down pollution levels.
In the third phase to be executed during 2019-20, peripheral cities and satellite towns around the State Capital would be added under the City Bus Service by adding 300 new buses and phasing out of the 110 buses of the old fleet.
During the last phase, additional 400 buses would be added to the City Bus Service to cater to another 2 to 2.5 million population of that time in the growing city and replacement of the 200 buses, those, which were added during the Phase 1.
Currently, 110 buses are under operation by Bhubaneswar Puri Transport Services. While there is one Bus Terminal at Master Canteen, 1 Bus Depot is at Pokhariput and 2 OD Terminals are at Chandrasekharpur and Ghatikia. (EOM)