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City buses ready to roll

THE CITY bus service will embark on a dry run today offering passengers free rides on six buses, operating on three of the 18 proposed routes.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 00:38 IST

THE CITY bus service will embark on a dry run today offering passengers free rides on six buses, operating on three of the 18 proposed routes.

Full-fledged services on the three routes - Niranjanpur-Tejaji Nagar, Tejaji Nagar-Airport and Sanchar Nagar-Rajwada - are expected to become operational by February 15 with the arrival of ten more vehicles. In all, 33 buses are to be plied on 18 routes across the City.

No money would be charged from residents wishing to preview rides offered by the sleek, ultra-low luxury buses from the Indore City Transport Services Limited (ICTSL), a joint venture between the district administration and Indore Municipal Corporation.

Although touted as a trial run, district administration officials said buses plying on Wednesday would not adhere to exact routes. “The buses will only halt at a few places to gauge the amount of stoppage time needed for passengers to board and disembark,” revealed SDM Chandramauli Shukla, in-charge Indore City Transport Services Limited (ICTSL).

Shukla said full-fledged services on the three routes would begin after making amendments, if necessary, to the bus schedules. Timetables drafted for the City bus service received flak for allowing insufficient time for passengers to board and alight.

The SDM further informed that trial runs would be carried out on the remaining 15 routes over the next five days and services by 33 buses to all 18 routes could roll out as early as mid-March.

Asked about passes, the ICTSL in-charge said that although the passes were valid only from March 1, commuters would be allowed to use these as soon as formal operations commenced on the three shortlisted routes.

City buses plying on Niranjanpur-Tejaji Nagar route will start from Dewas Naka with halts at Vijay Nagar, MIG, Palasia, Geeta Bhavan, Shivaji Triangle, GPO, Navlakha, Bhanwarkuan and Asaram Bapu Junction, before they reach Tejaji Nagar.

The second route chosen for inaugural service is Tejaji Nagar to Airport. This will stop at Tejaji Nagar, Bhanwarkuan, Juni Indore.

The Sanchar Nagar to Rajwada route, on the other hand, will cover Kanadia, Tilak Nagar, Patrakar Junction, Regal Junction, Railway Station, Patel Bridge and Jawahar Marg before reaching heart of the City.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 00:38 IST