Bihar CM flags off city bus service in Patna
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 19:50
Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday flagged off a city bus service to be run by the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BRSTC) that will cater to transportation needs of the commuters in the state capital.

At a function held here, Kumar lauded the city bus service to be operated under the public-private partnership to provide a cheap and comfortable public transport system to lakhs of commuters in Patna.

He asked the city bus service operator and the transport officials to work in unison to ensure that the commuters get the best of facilities during their journey from one place to another in the city with full safety and security.

Kumar said that the state government will extend all necessary assistance to the BRSTC for the successful operation of the public transport system in the city, including funds for additional facilities.

A self-confessed votary of women's empowerment, the Chief Minister said that the BRSTC should consider operation of more buses for women commuters in the city and take the number of buses dedicated to them to half in due course of time in view of the population.

Kumar also confident about the revival of the BRSTC as the premier transport operator in the state from the dire financial condition that it had sunk into over the years and due to 'management failure'.

The state-owned transport company should take up the responsibility to revive its fortunes as the premier transport system in the state, he said adding that the state government was prepared to extend all cooperation to it to enable it to find moorings yet again.

As many as 70 buses will ply on seven routes in the city and the vehicles will be equipped with video camera and GPS system to monitor its movement on the street, the BRSTC officials said.


First Published: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 19:50

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