Bhubaneswar, November 7 (LocalWire): The technology-driven, citizen-friendly, Mo Bus service of Odisha’s Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) completed a year of its operation on Wednesday.
Speaking at a function organised to mark the occasion, state chief minister Naveen Patnaik said, “Mo Bus has become a major mass transit facility in the capital region.
It is heartening to see citizens opting for Mo Bus for their commute.”
“I dream of Mo Bus as the lifeline of the capital region like the BEST Buses in Mumbai and Metro rail in Delhi and Kolkata,” Patnaik stated.
The chief minister also announced that as part of the initiative to promote clean mobility in public transportation, the state will be soon inducting 50 electric buses (E-buses) for service in the capital region.
Earlier, the chief minister took a ride on the Mo Bus from Biju Patnaik Airport Square to Jayadev Bhawan along with the citizens of Bhubaneswar.
Patnaik also unveiled the name of Mo Bus Mascot – MOBBY (Mo Bus for Better You) on the occasion
The state government had conducted an open contest on social media in October to find the name for the mascot that received an overwhelming response and the city-based professional Ahwan Paikray had won the contest.
Speaking on the occasion, CRUT managing director Arun Bothra said that while the first year journey of Mo Bus was challenging, it was also a learning experience for his team.
“While government organisations are often considered slow in their work, we have been able to reach over one lakh ridership in less than a year of starting the Mo Bus,” he said adding that the credit for this milestone goes to the riders who have trusted Mo Bus from the beginning of its service and gave constant feedback for its improvement.
The Mo Bus service currently includes a fleet of 200 buses equipped with free Wi-Fi, clean and technologically advanced equipment, while it ferries over 85,000 passengers daily across the 250 km network of 21 routes in the twin city.