Luxury bus services to a slew of cities, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Jaipur, are expected to be wheeled out from next month.
The air-conditioned buses, including a couple of Volvos, will connect Indore to a dozen cities. "The agreements have been signed and the buses will start plying by next month," said Atal Indore City Transport Services Limited (AICTSL) chief executive officer Sandip Soni.
Meanwhile, work is moving ahead on the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). The AICTSL will publish notices inviting tenders (NITs) for automatic fare collection, automatic vehicle locator and other components of the Intelligent Transport System (ITS), funded by the World Bank, on Sunday.
This is the second round of tendering for the project. "Only a single bidder applied after the last time so it was decided to go in for retendering on the World Bank’s suggestion," said an official.
The bus company will also publish NITs for advertising on i-bus shelters as well as on the insides of the buses. Those interested will have forty days to submit their bids. "We expect to earn at least Rs 25 lakh per month from advertising revenues from shelters and the interiors of the buses," said Soni.