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Your commute is about to get smoother: MSRTC launches new sleeper coach AC buses

The MSRTC plans to introduce 100 AC sleeper coach Shivshahi buses, which are cheaper than the current Shivneri buses popular on the Mumbai-Pune route

mumbai Updated: Jan 20, 2018 23:21 IST
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The new AC sleeper coach Shivshahi buses.
The new AC sleeper coach Shivshahi buses.(HT)

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) launched new sleeper coach AC Shivshahi buses and redesigned non-AC red-and-white buses on Saturday, in the presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

The MSRTC plans to introduce 100 AC sleeper coach Shivshahi buses, which are cheaper than the current Shivneri buses popular on the Mumbai-Pune route. The 30-berth buses will have modern facilities such as WiFi and a vehicle tracking system. A senior MSRTC official said these buses will ply mainly on intercity routes such as Mumbai-Kolhapur, Mumbai-Nagpur and Pune-Nagpur.

The MSRTC had launched sleeper coach AC buses earlier, but these failed to take off owing to high fares.

The MSRTC’s new redesigned non-AC buses. (HT)

The state-owned corporation said its redesigned buses have new interiors and seating arrangements. These buses are made of mild steel instead of aluminum, which is expected to make journeys safer. “The redesigned buses will replace the Ratrani (night express) ones,” Raote said.

Fadnavis said the new buses will make common man’s journey more comfortable, safer and better. “The buses will fulfil the common man’s dream of a comfortable journey and make travel cheaper, compared to private luxury buses,” he said.

At the ground breaking ceremony to develop infrastructure at Panvel station, the MSRTC also launched 15 bus ports, where passengers can avail of the same facilities they get at airports. He said the Swargate bus station in Pune will be developed as a multimodal bus port, where commuters can catch MSRTC buses, the Metro and local buses under one roof.

The corporation, which has a fleet of 18,000 buses, also announced several social and staff welfare schemes, which includes giving jobs to more than 100 surrendered Naxalites, setting up four new training centers for Adivasi youths and training 25 Adivasi women to drive, then inducting them into the MSRTC.