Bhubaneswar’s Mo Bus awarded as the ‘Best City Bus Service Project’ in Lucknow expo

Technology-driven and citizen-friendly Mo Bus service of the Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), a State Government initiative, received the Best City Bus Service Project award at Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo-2019 in Lucknow on Sunday. The 12th edition of UMI Conference & Expo was organized with the theme of  ‘Accessible and Liveable Cities’. Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the certificate awarded to CRUT mentioned, “This is a good example of public-private partnership (PPP) initiative towards reviving public transport system within the city limits.” 

On the occasion of this award ceremony and the success of Mo Bus, Managing Director of CRUT Arun Bothra was invited to make a presentation on the transport system. Bothra said, “Taking forward the vision of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to provide safe, affordable and sustainable public transport to the citizens of the capital region of Odisha, Mo bus has achieved one lakh ridership in a short span of time. Passenger friendly initiatives like ‘Freedom Monthly Pass’, ‘Newspaper on Wheels’ and installation of maps and route numbers at bus queue shelters (BQS) have been appreciated by the citizens.”

He further added that public transport like Mo Bus is a service for the people while making an endeavour to minimize the carbon footprints. Comparing the MoBus with metro rails in other cities, Mr. Bothra said, “It is not a profit-making initiative.” He said that metro should be made in big cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi only. “We need buses not metros in smaller cities.” He gave the example of cities like Lucknow and Kochi where average daily ridership in the metro is 50000. He further emphasised, “For building 1 KM of a metro network, Rs.250 crore is spent on an average. At a fraction of this cost incurred in comparison to metro rail, today Mo Bus has around average 85000 footfall consistently every day.”

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