Bhubaneswar: The Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) commenced Mo Bus service from Bhubaneswar to Puri and Konark today on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
The first Puri-bound Mo Bus left from Master Canteen here at 7.30 AM with 10 passengers on board. Similarly, the first bus to Konark departed from Bhubaneswar at 7.40 AM with 9 people on board.
While Route no. 50 will connect Bhubaneswar Railway Station (Master Canteen) to the abode of Lord Jagannath, Route no. 70 will connect Bhubaneswar Railway Station to the Sun Temple town.
“This is one of the major culture and tourist corridors in the state and Mo Bus would link local citizens and tourists alike to the popular tourist destinations. In the present scenario, to begin with two Non-AC buses will ply on both routes four times in a day. We will add more number of buses and increase frequency over a period of time. On the inauguration day only one bus will ply on both routes. Regular service will start Monday onwards,” said Mr. Arun Bothra, Managing Director, CRUT.
Bothra informed that maximum fare for Route no. 50 will be Rs 70 and for Route no. 70, maximum fare will be Rs. 60. “Passengers are requested to tender exact change to purchase ticket in order to minimise cash transaction. QR code payment option will be available on these routes.”
He further reiterated that wearing of mask is compulsory for all the passengers. It may be noted that cleaning and disinfection of buses are being done on daily basis as per standard procedure in the interest of passengers and staff deployed in the buses.
Route no. 50 stops include Bhubaneswar Railway Station (Master Canteen), State Museum, Ravi Talkies Square, Dhauli Square, Uttara Square, Pipili Bypass, Maltipatpur and Puri Bus Stand. Route no. 70 will also connect major bus stops enroute.