October 01, 2020

New bus service in 10 days

Patna: The new bus service from Kargil Chowk to Patna City will connect three important railway stations – Patna Junction, Rajendra Nagar Terminal and Patna Sahib railway station.

It will also connect Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) and Kumhrar Park. The bus service will roll out in the next 10 days and 15 buses will be put into service.

The bus service started by the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC) on three routes in Patna has already become a hit among residents of Patna. Started from May 3, 2018, it has collected a revenue of Rs 37,09,997 and the footfall has gone up from 4,000 to 24,000 on a daily basis till date.

Transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said: “Now the new bus service starting in the next 10 days would have more importance because it will not only provide transportation facility to the people of Patna but also make their life convenient. It will connect three important railway stations, a hospital and a tourist spot.”

The minimum fare of the 32-seater bus would be Rs 5 and the maximum Rs 15. This fare is similar to what others are charging on the three routes. There would be 15 stops between Kargil Chowk and Patna Sahib station which includes Biscomaun Tower, Dakbungalow roundabout, Patna Junction, Chandmari Road, Kankerbagh Colony Mor, Tiwary Bechar, Rajendra Nagar Terminal, Bahadurpur Gumti, NMCH, Kumhrar Park, Dhanki Mor, Zero Mile, Choti Pahari Mor, Tent City Mor and Mangal Talab.

Agarwal said the route is named 555 – a sign of giving respect to Panj Pyare, the five beloved ones of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.

As things stand, there is no bus service on this route and people have to take autos which is a pricey affair. “After the success of the bus service on three routes, people were demanding to start a similar service between Kargil Chowk and Patna Sahib Station covering the important places. We conducted the survey and found that the service on this route will be equally beneficial for residents. Finally we have decided to launch the service in the next 10 days,” Agarwal said.

The first bus service from Kargil Chowk to Danapur was launched on May 3, in the second phase it started from Kargil Chowk to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on May 19, 2018 and on May 23, 2018, it started from Kargil Chowk to Patna University.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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