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Swanky buses roll out on streets

Twenty city service buses under the centrally sponsored Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) hit the streets on Thursday.

Urban development and housing minister Samrat Chaudhary flagged off the 32-seater Tata Marcopolo buses at Beer Chand Patel Marg. The semi-low floor vehicles would run on two routes — Gandhi Maidan to Saguna Mor via Bailey Road and Gandhi Maidan to Danapur via Digha-Kurji — and would stop only at modern bus queue shelters.

The first two rows (four seats) on the right side of every bus are reserved for women or differently abled people. There is ample leg space between two seats.

Each bus has two fire extinguishers — one in the front and another at the rear. A first-aid box has been placed under the driver’s seat.

Under JNNURM, the city would get 240 more buses with unique features over the next three months.