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Bokaro to get R-Day bus gift

Bokaro denizens can board an affordable public transport option from Republic Day.

Come January 26, 2014, a fleet of 10 buses will start plying on seven ring road routes within the city. The service will benefit thousands who currently depend on costly transport options such as auto-rickshaws and taxis.

The public transport facility is on the lines of JNNURM city bus service. District transport officer Vijay Kumar Gupta said buses would be given by PSUs and other industries operating in Bokaro under corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.

Seven routes earmarked for the service include Balidih’s JP Cement Factory to Sector IX; Bokaro station to Sector IX; Bokaro station to Jodhadih More; Naya More to Chandrapura; Naya More to Parbatpur; Naya More to Bermo and Naya More to Gomia.

These include Bokaro Steel Limited, Bokaro and Chandrapura thermal power stations, Central Coalfields Limited, Oil and Natural Gas Limited and Bharat Pertroleum Corporation Limited, among others.

Gupta added the service would benefit residents of Chas and Bermo subdivisions.

“We will start with 10 buses. Depending on the success of the first phase, more buses can be introduced later,” the transport officer added.

Transport department sources said the service was a brainchild of Bokaro deputy commissioner (DC) Uma Shankar Singh, who has also formed two committees to supervise the operation of buses.

One of these comprises a CSR committee with Bokaro SP Kuldeep Dwivedi as vice president, Chas subdivisional officer Sanjay Kumar Singh and his Bermo counterpart Rajiv Kumar as secretaries, along with representatives of various industries.

This apart, a core committee, headed by Bokaro traffic DSP Ravindra Singh, with transport officer Vijay Kumar Gupta among others, has been formed to decide bus fares and routes.

“The core committee will handle the drafting of expression of interest for hiring agencies to run the service. The panel has been asked to come up with a report on these aspects at the next meeting of CSR committee on January 5,” said Bokaro DC Singh.

He added that all private and public sector industries based in Bokaro had agreed to provide buses and assured the administration that they would submit a detailed plan in this regard at the January 5 meeting.

“Only Bokaro Steel Limited has sought a deadline of January 15,” said Singh.