Bhubaneswar: Technology-driven, citizen friendly Mo bus service of The Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), an Odisha government initiative has been adjudged as the “Best City Bus Service Project” in the country. This award for CRUT was declared today at Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo organised by the urban development ministry, Govt. of India.
With the theme of ‘Accessible and Liveable Cities’, the 12th edition of UMI conference & Expo was held in Lucknow from 15th to 17th November. The conference is an excellent platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences for peer learning and mutual benefits. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in association with Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
Today, in the concluding ceremony of the conference, rewards were declared for different categories of Urban Mobility initiative. The best city bus award was given to Mo Bus of Bhubaneswar.
Managing Director of CRUT, Arun Bothra was invited to make a presentation on the success story of Mo Bus. Bothra gave presentation in a session yesterday in UMI conference. Talking about the success story of MoBus, he said, “Taking forward the vision of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to provide safe, affordable and sustainable public transport to the citizens of Capital Region of Odisha, Mo Bus has touched remarkable feat of 1 lakh ridership in less than one year of operation.”
Bothra highlighted that consumer 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 riders. Operational measures like ‘Introduction of Night Out schedule’ at Cuttack has helped us in saving substantially by eliminating dead kilometres.
He further added that public transport like Mo Bus is a service for the people while making an endeavour to minimize the carbon footprints. “It is not a profit making initiative.” Mr Bothra compared Mo Bus with metro rail in other states. 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 example of cities like Lucknow and Kochi where average daily ridership in metro is 50000. He further emphasised, “For building 1 KM of 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.”