Bhubaneswar: CMD of Odisha State Road Transport Undertaking (OSRTC) and MD of Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) IPS officer Arun Bothra is among the two Indians, who have been enlisted in 21Heroes2021 by Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) honouring them for ensuring swift transportation to the public during COVID-19 pandemic.
Heaping praises on the IPS officer, TUMI said under Arun Bothra’s leadership, the public transport sector in Odisha has seen bold changes through the fulfillment of commuter-friendly measures like digital transactions, limitations within buses to sitting-only passengers and the enforcement of a stringent COVID-19 prevention strategy.
“On buses, Arun enforced mask-wearing, regularly disinfection and social distancing reducing people’s fear of using public transport during the pandemic. Arun brought together over 1200 bus drivers and conductors across the state for a virtual training programme that lasted a fortnight, using this terrible pause to impart knowledge and skills on topics like safe and fuel-efficient driving practices, customer care, gender sensitivity and good bus maintenance practices,” said TUMI in its publication released yesterday.
“The 21Heroes2021 saw through the despair and used the crisis as a way to not only keep people safe while moving through their cities, but also to invest time and resources into transforming urban mobility and combating climate change,” reads the publication.