H&UD Minister travels in Mo Bus, interacts with passengers

Bhubaneswar: Dr. Krushna Chandra Mahapatra, Housing & Urban Development Minister travelled in Mo Bus on Wednesday.

Minister purchased the ticket and travelled from Master Canteen to Press Square. During the journey, he interacted with the commuters and enquired about their Mo Bus travel experience. Arun Bothra, Managing Director of Capital Region Urban Transport, accompanied him during the Mo Bus journey.

Speaking to media, Mahapatra said, “The Mo Bus service is providing convenient, sustainable, safe commuting options to the citizens to the people. There shall be detailed discussion with the regular passengers of the bus. The number of buses will be increased based on the need of the citizens. We are checking the situation in various places. The bus service will be provided wherever necessary.”

He further informed that in the near future 400 e-buses would be added to the fleet of Mo Bus under PM e-Bus Sewa scheme. “We have been doing well for last six years. Out of the 400 buses that are running, 63 are e-buses. All of them will be e-buses in future.” There are plans to run 100 buses in Bhubaneswar, 100 in Cuttack, 50 in Sambalpur and 100 in Rourkela.”

Later, Mahapatra visited the electric depot of Mo Bus at Gadakana and held a review meeting with officials of Capital Region Urban Transport. He emphasised increasing the frequency of buses in busy routes.

At present CRUT is plying 463 buses in 95 routes in the Capital Region (Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Khordha, Puri) Rourkela, Sambalpur & Berhampur with average ridership of 2.5 lakhs per day.