West Bengal: Over 100 govt buses to ease travel crisis in run-up to puja | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: The West Bengal Transport Corporation will run more than 100 buses to ease the commute crisis running up to the puja. After puja, 120 more buses will run on a public-private partnership basis, said Bengal’s transport minister Snehasis Chakraborty. All these buses will be available from Monday onwards.
“The chief minister was worried about the commute crisis at a time when a lot of people are going out for marketing, work, visiting friends and relatives. Under her instruction, these buses will be plying across the city so that people don’t face problems in reaching home or workplaces. Besides, we will be running buses all through the nights of puja days,” said Chakraborty.
Many of these buses will connect the city fringes. The elderly living in old-age homes will be offered tours across the city free of cost. The enforcement branch of the transport department will keep a surveillance so private buses cannot extract extra fares from the passengers. There will be 45 AC buses on long-distance routes, connecting the city centre, and Esplanade with the fringes. Additional 59 buses will be added to existing routes.
After the puja, 120 buses will be run through franchisees. The fare will be the same as that of the government buses. Some CTC buses are now being run through franchisees.
AC routes like 12, 24, 39, 52, 9, and 6 will be reinforced as there is heightened demand. Each of the AC2 routes of Barasat Howrah Station, V1 route between Airport and Tollygunge, and Amtala-Howrah Station of route AC-52 will also be allotted five extra buses.

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