Bhubaneswar, Nov 17 (LocalWire) Technology-driven and citizen friendly Mo Bus service of the Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), an Odisha government initiative, has been adjudged as the “Best City Bus Service Project” in the country.
This award for CRUT was declared today at Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo organised by the union urban development ministry.
With the theme of ‘Accessible and Liveable Cities’, the 12th edition of UMI conference and Expo was held in Lucknow from 15th to 17th November.
The conference is an excellent platform for exchange of ideas and experiences for peer learning and mutual benefits.
The event was hosted by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in association with Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
Today, in the concluding ceremony of the conference, rewards were declared for different categories of Urban Mobility initiative. The best city bus award was given to Mo Bus of Bhubaneswar.
In view of the success of CRUT, Managing Director of CRUT, Arun Bothra was specially invited to make a presentation on the success story of Mo Bus in a session.
Talking about the success story of Mo Bus, he said, “Taking forward the vision of Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik to provide safe, affordable and sustainable public transport to the citizens of Capital Region of Odisha, Mo Bus has touched remarkable feat of one lakh ridership in less than one year of operation”.
Bothra highlighted that consumer friendly initiatives like ‘Freedom Monthly Pass’, ‘Newspaper on Wheels’ and installation of maps and route numbers at Bus Queue Shelters (BQS) have been appreciated by riders. Operational measures like ‘Introduction of Night Out schedule’ at Cuttack has helped in saving substantially by eliminating dead kilometres.
He further added that public transport like Mo Bus is a service for the people while making an endeavor to minimize the carbon footprints.
“It is not a profit making initiative”, Bothra said and compared Mo Bus with metro rail in other states adding metro should be made in big cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi only.
“We need buses not metros in smaller cities”, he said citing the example of cities like Lucknow and Kochi where average daily ridership in metro is 50,000.
“For building one KM of metro network, on an average Rs.250 crore is spent. At a fraction of this cost in comparison to metro rail, today Mo Bus has around average 85,000 footfall consistently every day”, he said.