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
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