The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will add 38 new air-conditioned buses, which will ply on existing routes such as the Dadar-Pune and new intercity or interstate routes.
These new buses will be procured on contract basis from private parties. Of the 38, 10 buses will be multi-axel with seating capacity of 49 passengers, while the remaining will be regular air-conditioned buses with seating capacity of 45, MSRTC sources said. MSRTC officials said they had started the process to get the buses. However, it would take over a month to add them to the existing fleet.
“As per our plan, the buses will be on road by summer,” said MSRTC spokesperson. The spokesperson said after inclusion of new buses in the fleet, MSRTC planned to start new intercity routes such as Mumbai-Nashik, which are unexplored yet.
Also some services, will be added on existing routes where there is increasing demand from passengers. At present there are around 120 air-conditioned buses in the transport body’s fleet under the brand of Shivneri, two multi-axel buses, and 10 semi-sleeper Volvo buses.
With the addition of the new buses, the MSRTC plans to phase out some old buses, which break down very often. “We want to phase out 10-12 old Volvo buses, as they require give problems frequently,” the spokesperson said.