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Bhubaneswar: 'Mo Bus', the city bus service of Capital Region has won the top award of the country for the second time in a row, this year for the innovations undertaken in the urban transport during the pandemic. The award was conferred by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), in a national level conference Monday evening.

The 13th Urban Mobility India (UMI) conference was held online. Last year the conference was held in Lucknow where Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) was given the first prize, “Best City Bus Service Project” in the new initiative category. This year there was only one category of award, based on the theme ‘Innovations undertaken in Urban Transport during Covid-19’.

After evaluating the majors taken by various bus company across the country, the national jury decided to award the first prize- Award of Excellence to Capital Region Urban Transport, Odisha.

Arun Bothra, Managing Director, CRUT received the award announced Monday evening in 13th UMI Conference. The programme was attended by senior officers of various City Bus Companies all over the country and senior officers of Government of India.

On this occasion, Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA and other delegates praised CRUT for its innovative methods to keep commuters safe from Covid-19. Later, various bus companies of different states also showed their interest to learn from CRUT about these innovative methods.

Bothra said, “We are thrilled to receive UMI award two times in a row. I thank the Government of India for this recognition. This will motivate us to provide better services to the commuters while taking all precautions.”

"The award to CRUT reflects the seriousness of the State government about Covid measures. The COVID-19 measures taken by the government are considered one of the best in the country. We are happy that Mo Bus has lived up to everyone's expectation and enhanced the reputation of Odisha in terms of Covid management,” the CRUT MD said.

He further stated, “After the resumption of service post lockdown, our top priority was safety of the passengers. We treat our crew and commuters as our family members and ensure their safety as we do for our own family. From the very beginning of the pandemic, the CRUT team ensured safety of passengers and crew. No standing passenger was allowed to travel in the buses. Wearing of mask was made compulsory for all the passengers while they commute in Mo Bus. After the resumption of service, people were unwilling to travel in public transport. To get back the faith and trust of the customers, we decided to be transparent. Through social media and press coverage, we informed how we were disinfecting all buses with a high-level disinfectant at regular intervals. Commuters regained confidence over a period of time and more people have started commuting in Mo Bus. Currently, 109 buses are operating on 17 routes with around 26000 passengers per day.

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