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#OdishaNews : 19 Govt AC buses started Now for passengers in #Odisha to Travel

BHUBANESWAR: Now the passengers will not be worried about summer blues while travelling in the government-owned buses, because the Odisha state road transport corporation (OSRTC) has launched air-conditioned (AC) bus service on Saturday.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik flagged off 20 buses including 19 AC buses here at the Paribahan Bhawan to ply in different routes of the state and neighbouring states. Naveen said the service will provide comfort to the passengers travelling in the government buses.

The OSRTC, a state government undertaking, has purchased the buses at the cost of Rs 8.74 crore. It has spent Rs 44.5 lakh per an AC bus and Rs 28 lakh for a non-AC bus. The AC bus has 43 seats, while non-AC bus has 40 seats, official sources said.

Travel by bus is set to get easier and better as Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik dedicated OSRTC’s new fleet of 19 AC and one non-AC bus for a more ‘Connected Odisha’. Introduction of these modern, luxurious buses will help OSRTC provide best-in-class passenger comfort and travelling experience to bus users.

New buses would ply on 11 routes such as Bhawanipatna-Vishakhapatnam, Berhampur-Chandahandi, Balangir-Berhampur, Burla-Berhampur, Bhubaneswar-Malkangiri etc

Passengers have to pay Rs 1.05 per kilometer to travel in the AC luxury buses. AC buses will be run in 11 different routes- Bhubaneswar-Malkangiri, Cuttack-Nabarangpur, Cuttack-Berhampur, Keonjhar-Bhubaneswar, Bolangir-Berhampur, Burla-Berhampur, Berhampur-Chandahandi, Bhawanipatna-Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam-Jagdalpur, Jeypore-Cuttack and Angul-Damanjodi, while the OSRTC will ply the non-AC bus in Angul-Jeypore route via Bolangir.

“As the current fleet of OSRTC buses didn’t have air-conditioning facility, introduction of these modern luxurious buses will help us to provide best in class passenger comfort and travelling experience to the bus users,” said SK Patel, OSRTC’s general manager.

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