Bhubaneswar: Adding another feather to its cap, the Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), the Odisha government’s special purpose vehicle that runs ‘MoBus’ service, won the 6th Smart Cities India Awards 2021 in the ‘Smart SPV/Municipal Corporation’ category.
On behalf of CRUT, Dipti Mahapatro, General Manager, received the award at Pragati Maidan in Delhi at the event organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the nodal agency of the Government of India under aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Exhibitions India Group.
The award recognizes projects from the designated special purpose vehicle (selected under Smart City Mission, Govt. of India) that are promoting sustainable development in urban areas in India.
The organizers recognised CRUT’s vision to provide excellence in public transit service and strive for continuous improvement of the Capital Region’s public transport system.
The jury recognised and appreciated the way CRUT has bounced back post COVID and reached daily average ridership of 1 lakh.
“We are honoured to receive one more national award. Within two years of its operation, MoBus has emerged as lifeline of citizens in the Capital Region of Odisha. I thank our commuters for their continuous trust in us. This will motivate us to provide better services to the citizens,” said Arun Bothra, Managing Director, CRUT.
Earlier, CRUT won the Urban Mobility India award organized by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) twice in a row. In 2020 for covid management, the theme was ‘Innovations undertaken in Urban Transport during Covid-19’ and in 2019, CRUT was adjudged Best City Bus Service Project.