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Full-scale City bus service by mid-Feb

THE CITY bus service will become operational from January 26, albeit in a truncated form. At least eight buses will be up and running, most probably on the AB Road route, come Republic Day. And full-fledged operations - 35 buses plying on 16 routes - are likely to get underway by mid-February.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 13:57 IST

THE CITY bus service will become operational from January 26, albeit in a truncated form. At least eight buses will be up and running, most probably on the AB Road route, come Republic Day. And full-fledged operations - 35 buses plying on 16 routes - are likely to get underway by mid-February.

The district administration had initially hoped to start full-scale operations this month itself. The process was, however, delayed after the firm manufacturing the buses pleaded inability to hand over all vehicles in a single instalment.
According to City bus service in-charge SDM Chandramauli Shukla, two of the buses have already reached Indore and another
eight are scheduled to arrive by January 20.

“By January 26, at least eight buses would be operational and services on all 16 proposed routes are likely to commence from February 15,” he revealed.

Shukla informed that monthly passes would be issued for use on the ultra-low luxury buses. “Commuters will be charged a sum of Rs 250 for the plastic, credit card-like passes, which will be valid on all routes”.

“Although the bus pass charge was earlier fixed at Rs 200 it was later hiked to keep the bus service financially viable,” he added. Tenders have been invited for franchisees for pass issuance operations and the bids are to be opened on January 20.

Ad contract bagged by Giriraj
THE CONTRACT for advertising space on City buses was bagged by M/s Giriraj Advertising and Marketing Agency, which bid the highest amount of Rs 25,000 per vehicle per month.

In all, six bids were received for advertising space on the buses until the 4 pm deadline. After opening the sealed tenders Indore City Transport Services Limited (ICTSL) in-charge SDM Chandramauli Shukla handed over the contract to the top bidder Giriraj Advertising.

“It is a good deal and will help us net over Rs 1 crore in advertising revenue alone,” said an enthused Shukla when asked about the space selling deal.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 13:57 IST