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Bokaro city bus trial run

The trial run of the much-touted city bus service in Bokaro started on Wednesday as a sole vehicle provided by a private operator rolled out on its maiden journey from Sector IX to Bokaro station.

Bokaro deputy commissioner Uma Shankar Singh flagged off the bus from Naya More around 10am. Bokaro DSP (traffic) Ravindra Kumar and district transport officer Vijay Kumar Gupta along with Chas subdivisional officer Sanjay Kumar Singh were present.

DC Singh said the city bus service would benefit thousands of commuters who currently have to depend on costly transport options like auto-rickshaws and private taxis.

“Travelling in buses will be safer in comparison to autos and taxis as a large number of people will travel together on any given route,” added Singh, who is heading the corporate social responsibility (CSR) committee constituted to take key decisions regarding bus operations in the city.

Mamata Tripathi, a resident of Cooperative Colony who boarded the bus from Naya More to reach Bokaro station, agreed. “From a woman’s point of view, the city bus ride is much more safe than travelling in an overloaded auto or trekker,” Tripathi said.

Another passenger, Sector IX resident Ranjit Choudhary, said: “The monopoly of auto-rickshaws and taxis will come to an end.”

The trial run will continue till January 25. The bus will cover seven ring road routes within the city on a temporary fare chart. In the mean time, a new agency will be selected through proper bidding process to run a fleet of 10 buses on seven routes from January 26. District transport officer Gupta said the final fares would be fixed by the CSR committee on January 5.

The routes are JP Cement factory Balidih 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.

The vehicles will be provided by corporate houses like Bokaro Steel, Central Coalfields Limited, JP Cement, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Electrosteel Steels Limited, Hindustan Petrochemicals Limited, Bharat Petrochemical Limited, Bokaro Thermal Power Station and Chandrapura Thermal Power Station.

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