Beginning Thursday, people in the city frequenting the state's second capital Nagpur will soon have reason to cheer, as the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has decided to start daily Shivneri Volvo semi-sleeper services on the route.
Off to Nagpur: A Shivneri bus
According to MSRTC officials, the Mumbai head office took this decision a week ago after the collision of two private buses in Buldhana district claimed 16 lives. Officials said that the decision was taken to cater to a large number of commuters who are forced to avail private bus services in the absence of reliable government-run services.
"We realised that Nagpur is also a developing city and there are already regular MSRTC non-AC semi luxury buses on the Pune-Nagpur route, which ply on full capacity," said an MSRTC official, requesting anonymity.
There will be daily bus services at 7 pm from the city that will reach Napur around 7 am. The bus will have a seating capacity of 41 and the ticket will cost Rs 1,210.
The non-AC services will ply at 1 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6.30 pm from the Shivajinagar Bus Depot and reach Nagpur in exactly twelve hours. The buses will be travelling through Ahmadnagar, Aurangabad, Jalna, Akola, Amravati and finally Nagpur. The MSRTC will also start its daily Shivneri services to Ahmedabad and Surat from Borivli.
Shivajinagar Deputy Depot Manager Ramesh Shelot said that about 100 passengers ply between the two cities everyday and the number is bound to increase in the coming months. Sixteen people were charred to death on November 28 at the Chincholi Bari Phata in Buldhana district when two buses had a head on collision around 3 am. While 10 of the passengers killed were travelling to Nagpur in Royal Travels, the rest were travelling to the city in Saini Travels.