‘Mo Bus’ Service From Tomorrow, Uncertainty Over Resumption Of Private Bus Operations
Bhubaneswar: While uncertainty still looms large over the resumption of private bus services in Odisha, Mo Bus service will resume from tomorrow, informed Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) on Monday.
Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, CRUT will ply the buses in as many as seven routes from Bhubaneswar to Cuttack and Khurda.
CRUT General Manager Dipti Mahapatra informed that non-AC buses will initially ply in seven routes of the Capital Region from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, and the number of buses and routes will be increased over a period of time.
Mo Bus Service – Key Points to Note
- NO mask, NO entry
- NO standing passenger inside the bus
- Passengers should carry sanitisers
- Passengers should tender exact change to purchase ticket in order to minimise cash transaction
CRUT is planning to digitize the commute and soon introduce QR code and tap & pay card to facilitate cashless transactions. It will help hassle-free and risk-free travel for the commuter, said Mahapatra.
On disinfection of Mo buses, the CRUT General Manager said that the cleaning of the vehicles is being done on a daily basis as per the standard procedure in the interest of passengers and the bus staff.
“Mo Bus are being cleaned daily on the spots prone to spread a virus like seats, support poles, door handles, arm rest and bar handles with alcohol-based disinfectants,” she added.
On the other hand, private bus services couldn’t start today even after permission from the State government.
Speaking on the matter, Odisha Transport Odisha Minister Padmanabha Behera said that city bus and auto-rickshaw services have resumed, but there is a delay in the resumption of private bus services as most of the employees are in their homes due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
He further said that discussion is underway on the waiving of road tax as suggested by the bus owners’ association.