Varsity bus rolls after 38 years
Patna: A 38-year-old wait will come to an end when the bus service for Patna University rolls out on Wednesday.
Till 1980, Patna University used to have a regular bus service for its students, teachers and non-teaching employees but it was discontinued.
In the initial phase, the bus service will run from Patna University to Gandhi Maidan (Kargil Chowk). The decision to start bus service for Patna University students was taken on Tuesday based on the meeting between Patna University vice-chancellor Rash Bihari Prasad Singh and principal transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal on the varsity campus.
Officials from the university and the transport department on Wednesday will flag off the bus service from the PU campus at 3pm. Agarwal said: "The bus service will run from Patna University to Gandhi Maidan. In the initial phase, five buses, each with a seating capacity of 32, will ply from the varsity campus to Gandhi Maidan at an interval of 15 minutes. Similarly, same number of buses will ply from Gandhi Maidan to the university." As the buses are meant for varsity students, 50 per cent seats will be reserved for girl students, while PU students will be given preference for the rest.
The students, teachers and non-teaching employees of the university have welcomed the decision.
Mukesh Kumar, an undergraduate history student at Patna College, said: "The Patna district administration's decision to start the bus service is a welcome step. We have come to know that the district administration has fixed a fare of Rs 5, which will be much cheaper than that charged by private autos running on the route."
Echoing Mukesh, another student, Santosh Kumar, said: "The decision to start the bus service from Patna University will also help keep the environment neat and clean. More than 500 autos ply on the Ashok Rajpath route, the pollution level is alarmingly high."
Welcoming the move, Patna University vice-chancellor Rash Bihari Prasad Singh said: "In the initial phase, buses will ply from the varsity campus to Gandhi Maidan but we have urged the district administration officials to start bus services on other routes too."
The district administration has also assured the varsity administration that from the summer vacation and from the next academic session, the buses service will run on other routes too - Danapur, Phulwari and Patna City area.
Sources said the starting bus services has been a long-pending demand of varsity student bodies. On Sunday, a delegation of Patna University Students' Union (Pusu) elected president Divyanshu Bhardwaj and other members met chief minister Nitish Kumar and demanded he start bus service for PU students.
The chief minister telephoned transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal and asked us to meet him in this regard.