Patna: Two trial buses ran between Gandhi Maidan and Bihta on Wednesday before the service is formally launched on Friday.
Transport minister Santosh Kumar Nirala will launch the service with 10 buses on the 44km route.
Each of the buses will have 17 stops, including the terminals, and promises to be a boon for people going to the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in Bihta.
This will be the seventh bus service for Patna residents. On July 21, the transport department launched bus services between Patna and Hajipur and Saguna Mor and Manersharif.
“The trial was conducted successfully in the city on Wednesday and it will be conducted on Thursday too. The minister will formally inaugurate the service,” transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal told The Telegraph. “This will be a boon for people going to the 500-bed ESIC Hospital. There are many people who travel on this route.”
The buses will start from Gandhi Maidan and ESIC Hospital and cover Biscomaun Bhavan, Dakbungalow, Patna Junction, R-Block, Income Tax roundabout, Hartali Mor, Secretariat, Patna zoo, Gola Road, RPS Mor, Saguna Mor, Danapur railway station, Shiwala, Water Park, Bihta and IIT-Bihta on the way.
Residents can get the buses every 30 minutes and 65 per cent of the seats will be reserved for women. Fares will range from Rs 5-35 with differently abled passengers able to travel free of cost.
Bus services are also functional from Kargil Chowk to Danapur, Kargil Chowk to AIIMS, Kargil Chowk to Patna University, and Kargil Chowk to Patna Saheb railway station. Nearly 50,000 people enjoy the service provided by the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation.
Courtesy: The Telegraph