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State transport body adds Mercedes to bus fleet

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation has decided to add Mercedes buses to its fleet.

Written by PrashantRangnekar | Mumbai |
May 10, 2009 10:05:46 pm

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has decided to add Mercedes buses to its fleet. They would ply on the Mumbai (Dadar)-Pune route,considered a profitable route for the MSRTC. “We have already got two Mercedes buses and the next two should be added by next week,” said O P Gupta,managing director and vice-chairman,MSRTC. “The plan to get the buses was in the works since last year but it is now that we are actually getting the buses.”

Instead of buying the buses,the MSRTC is taking them on lease. “The buses would run under the MSRTC banner. There will be no compromise on quality,” added Gupta. “The project would be undertaken in four phases and bus operators would be paid according to distance covered.”

The Mercedes buses are likely to be a shot in the arm for the MSRTC and help in enhancing its image. The transport unit,which is the lifeline in rural Maharashtra,is yet to catch up among the urban masses. “With Mercedes being a renowned brand,we hope it will give our image a boost,” said an MSRTC officer. “The new buses would also help us divert the AC buses on the Pimpri-Chinchwad route,which will help us get more passengers,” added the officer. Only non-AC MSRTC buses ply on this route now. Pimpri-Chinchwad area has a sizeable concentration of industries. Even the Hinjewadi IT Park is near Pimpri-Chinchwad. This will help attract a lot of passengers. Unlike its counterparts in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka,MSRTC has not been able to run more AC buses. Only 26 of the corporation’s 15,550 buses are air-conditioned.

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