MSRTC takes private buses head on

In a month-long drive, ST buses will stop at spots from where private buses pick up passengers, and the conductors will appeal to commuters to board govt buses

In a bid to challenge private players who steal passengers from the state transport (ST) bus stands, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has started a new initiative from this month. ST buses will be standing at spots from where private tourists buses pick up passengers, and the conductors will appeal to commuters to board ST buses. The initiative began on March 1 and will continue till the end of the month at all the 12 depots under Pune division.

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“Augmenting the number of passengers, providing better service for affordable fares and increasing the income of MSRTC are the main objectives of this initiative. Our drivers and conductors face problems of illegal transportation, and private players luring passengers from ST stands with low fares every day.

So to challenge this system, all our staffers will hit the roads and try hard to bring the maximum possible passengers to our bus service this month,” said MSRTC’s new Pune divisional controller Shailesh Chavhan. “We have issued instructions for this drive to all our conductors and drivers. We have given a target of increasing four passengers per conductor per route,” added Chavhan.

>> Initiative began on March 1 at all 12 depots under Pune division
>> Boosting no of passengers, better service and increasing income key objectives

Commuters speak

Kiran Jadhav a frequent traveller said, “I often have to commute to Solapur for my office work. During an emergency, I first rush to the ST stand to get a bus. But as the frequency of these buses is insufficient, we often have to go on private buses. If MSRTC itself is coming forward with such drives for passengers, certainly we will be benefited.”

Another commuters, Shweta Kate, said, “It is always safer to travel on MSRTC buses, as drivers on private buses are occasionally drunk and there’s no one else to look after passengers. But, in ST buses there are conductors, who stop at every ST stand, while private buses do not have any stops.”

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