COVID-19: BMC uses Mo Bus to bring essential commodities to containment zones

Bhubaneswar: In an innovative approach and proving it’s responsibility to help citizens in the time of COVID-19 pandemic, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today deployed two big size buses of Mo Bus service to bring essential items to containment zones.

In collaboration with the Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) to fight the COVID-19 situation BMC under the leadership of Municipal Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary, the civic body today deployed two Mo Buses in containment zones of Surya Nagar, Bomikhal and Jharpada. The buses carried 8 to 10 vendors each with vegetables, fruits and groceries.

The buses went to the central locations of each contaiment zone where the announcement was done by the staff of BMC marketing wing through public address system.

The locals came to the buses and purchased the essential commodities from the vendors from Mo Bus. However, all measures were taken to ensure social distancing parameters as per the SOP announced by the State Government.

Sources said, while all fruits were consumed, more than 80 percent of vegetables and groceries were purchased by the residents of the above containment zones. The buse will also visit other containment zones.

Distribution in other areas

Small distribution trucks of Tata Ace make, total eight in numbers with public announcement system from Big Bazaar Patia, Patrapada and Forum Mart, Aadhar Fresh from Ratha Road and Reliance Fresh from Master Canteen, Patia, Nayapalli and Patrapada distributed essential commodities like fruits, vegetables, groceries and eggs.

The eight vehicles covered areas like Samanta Vihar, Unit IX, Saheed Nagar, Forest Park, Unit III, Sailashree Vihar, Niladri Vihar and Nandan Vihar. These areas covered today are under North and South Eastern Zones of BMC.

The deployment of Mo Bus for distribution of essential commodities in containment zones and eight small trucks in other areas were carried out under the active supervision of BMC Additional Commissioner Abanikanta Pattanaik and Deputy Commissioner (Land) Kamaljit Das.

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