Kolkata, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

The transport departments of West Bengal and Bihar have signed an agreement to introduce inter-state bus services.

Around 1,000 new buses in 46 routes from the state to Bihar would be introduced, West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra said here today.

'People who used to go home to Bihar or tourists travelling to the neighbouring state had to face lots of problems. Now they will get good bus services,' the Minister said.

Some of the new routes to be included are Kolkata to Purnia, Howrah to Patna and Muzzafarnagar, Malda to Sultanganj and Kolkata to Biharsharif, Gaya, Sasaram and Aurangabad, Mr Mitra said.

Mr Mitra also informed that the state transport department will rent out helicopters. The department will charge Rs 2 lakh for an hour as rent. Industrialists will benefit by this service, Mr Mitra said. The transport department will hire the helicopters from a private organisation.

West Bengal State Transport Department is planning to introduce more than 150 air-conditioned buses in the city by July, with the first lot of 41 hitting the streets by the end of this month.

By the end of June, 22 more such buses will be added to the fleet. All 63 AC buses to be rolled out in the first two phases are manufactured by Volvo. Ninety more low-floor and semi-low floor AC buses, some of them manufactured by other companies, too, will join the fleet in July.

The existing AC bus fleet in the city is 92 strong. Sixty of them are Volvos.

The state government will be introducing the air-conditioned buses from May. Over a period of six months, the government will deploy more than 230 AC buses in Kolkata, Mr Mitra said.

The buses, priced around Rs 1.1 crore each, will ply along old routes as well as a few new ones within the city and its adjoining areas. In keeping with the demand, the department has drawn up some new routes for the AC buses - such as Nabanna-New Town, Parnasree-New Town, Garia-Airport and Golf Green-Dakshineswar.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)