Berhampur (Odisha): City bus service in Berhampur and its adjoining towns in Ganjam district of Odisha will soon become a reality as the government has sanctioned Rs five crore and formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for facilitating the much awaited transport project.
Ganjam Urban Transport Services Limited (GUTSL), the SPV, has been formed under the chairmanship of the district collector. Commissioner, Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) is its chief executive officer and other members are chairman, Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) and chairpersons of Hinjili, Gopalpur and Chhatrapur NACs.
While the development authority and the civic body would have 40 per cent share each in the SPV, state-owned Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC), Chhatrapur, Gopalpur and Hinjili NACs would have five per cent share each, officials sources said.
"The government has sanctioned Rs five crore for operation of the city bus service in the town", Ganjam district Collector Krishan Kumar said.
It would start operation after finalisation of a private party to operate and maintain the fleet, said an official. The process is likely to take about three to four months, he said.
The development authority approved the projects at a meeting held here last week. "At least 28 buses, including three air-conditioned ones, will operate initially. The expression of interest (EOI) will be floated soon to select the private party to operate the service", said chairman of the development authority Kailash Rana. He said the urban body is in the process of identifying spots for parking and stoppage points of buses.
At present, there is no bus service from Berhampur to Gopalpur and Chhatrapur. The passengers are depending on taxis and other modes to travel. Gopalpur is a beach tourist town while Chhatrapur is the district headquarters town. Similarly, Hinjili is a growing business hub.