Mumbai to Pune in three hours in air-conditioned luxury. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) is planning to increase the number of Volvo and other air-conditioned buses in its fleet and is also planning to introduce Kinglong buses from China on its inter-state and other popular routes like Mumbai-Shirdi and Mumbai Nashik. Moreover, the entire fleet of MSRTC buses will have public phone sets in them within the next two months.
Since September, the Mumbai to Pune Volvo buses have speeded up their journey time, by not having a single halt between Mumbai and Pune. This makes the entire journey in three hours time. Moreover, in the next two months the entire fleet of MSRTC buses will have public phone sets in them.
Speaking at a function to add value-added services to its buses on Wednesday morning, like introducing a newspaper and water bottle free of charge for its travelers, MSRTC managing director Kishore Gajbiye said there were also plans to introduce buses of Kinglong brand imported from China in its fleet on a trail buses.
“We will also be indulging in a fare war with the airlines for inter-state transport. There are also plans to introduce hand-held automatic ticket machines and we have placed an order of 900 machines already and other such hi-tech gadgets to change the rural face of the transport department,” he added.
MSRTC will also be indulging in real estate development and commercially exploit empty space in bus depots and workshops.
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