It will be possible to travel to Goa or Mahableshwar for a family holiday on a clean, well-maintained state transport bus, if the state transport agency’s plan becomes a reality.
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) plans to overhaul its services as well as the condition of its buses. The state agency is framing a ‘business plan’ that includes introducing family tour packages to places such as Goa, Mahableshwar and Konkan, in addition to connecting with major cities.
It also seeks to run inter-state bus services more frequently in seven states including Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat.
The state transport corporation plans to approach the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation to tie up with their guest houses and hotels for those availing these package offers.
“We have requested MSRTC to prepare a vision document by March that would include the business plan. This will then be presented in the Cabinet,” said state Transport minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil.
“People are ready to travel in good state buses and pay for it if we maintain them. So, we have asked IIT-Bombay to study the condition of ordinary buses,” said MSRTC managing director, Deepak Kapoor.
IIT-B has been asked to replace the aluminum body ST buses with a metal such as mild steel, which is more durable but heavier than aluminum. MSRTC plans to convert the diesel-run ST buses into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-run ones.