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Breakdown dampens MSRTC’s maiden Pune-Aurangabad AC service

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation's (MSRTC) initiative to ply air-conditioned buses on the Pune-Aurangabad route began on a poor note with one bus breaking down at Sanaswadi on Monday on its way to Aurangabad.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
April 22, 2009 1:23:30 am

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation’s (MSRTC) initiative to ply air-conditioned buses on the Pune-Aurangabad route began on a poor note with one bus breaking down at Sanaswadi on Monday on its way to Aurangabad.

An MSRTC officer said that the breakdown was due to a technical glitch. “But the commuters did not have to wait for more than 15 minutes when the next bus came by,” said a representative.

Earlier the MSRTC had planned to start the service on Sunday,but due to some reason,the inauguration was postponed to Monday. There was also a token trip from Aurangabad to Pune On Sunday.

Henceforth,the buses will leave from both cities at 6.00 am,11.00 am,4.00 pm and 8.30 pm. The journey of 233 km will be covered in four hours with a single halt of 15 minutes at Ahmednagar. The fare will be Rs 325 for adults and Rs 165 for children,said MSRTC spokesperson Mukund Dhus.

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“Four additional trips will be added to the above schedule from April 22 and these trips will start from Pune and Aurangabad at 8.00 am,1.00 pm,6.00 pm and 11.00 pm. With this service,the long pending demand of the passengers of Pune and Aurangabad has been fulfilled,” he added.

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