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Soon, ply to hill station in state transport bus

Planning a vacation with your family? You can now take a state transport bus to popular tourist destinations in the state.

mumbai Updated: Mar 14, 2011 01:33 IST
HT Correspondent

Planning a vacation with your family? You can now take a state transport bus to popular tourist destinations in the state.

On March 13, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) started 25 new midi buses called ‘Parivartan’ that would travel all the way to the interiors of Maharashtra and hilly regions. “We will soon operate more midi buses to Matheran and other hill stations especially where six-seater taxis ply,” said Deepak Kapoor, managing director, MSRTC. In the next few months, 350 midi buses, bought at a cost of Rs10.77 lakh each, would be used to connect various hill stations and remote regions of the state. Some of the destinations proposed are Matheran, Bandara, Mahabaleshwar, Panvel, Wada, Shahpur, Karad and parts of Konkan.

The MSRTC has also planned five multi-axle jumbo buses called ‘Ashwamedh’. The proposed buses would be semi-sleeper ones having 48 seats.

Maharashtra would be the second state after Karnataka to start such Volvo-make jumbo buses, bought at a cost of Rs93 lakh each. “The semi-sleepers would have seats that can recline up to 130 degree and so the number of seats will come down,” said Kapoor.

On Sunday, the MSRTC inaugurated two regular 53-seater jumbo buses with seats that recline up to 110 degree. This air-conditioned luxury bus has two LCD screens fitted inside.

Initially, the jumbo buses would ply on the Mumbai-Pune route, while the Mumbai-Pune-Bangalore will begin from April. The transport body also plans to add 25 economical air-conditioned ‘Sheetal’ buses by June. Drivers have been given 10-day training for running jumbo buses.