ST launches concession scheme for senior citizens in Shivshahi AC buses

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jun 2018 11:55:49

Special Correspondent,

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) launched a scheme to give concession to senior citizens in AC Shivshahi buses on Friday at Ganeshpeth Bus Station to mark 70th anniversary day of the corporation.Sudhir Panchbhai, Deputy General Manager, MSRTC, Mumbai, inaugurated anniversary day celebrations, while Ashok Warthe, Divisional Controller, Nagpur, handed over the first concessional ticket of Shivshahi bus to a senior citizen travelling from Nagpur to Bhandara in the morning.

On the occasion, ST personnel distributed sweets to the passengers. As per the scheme, MSRTC will offer 45 per cent concession to senior citizens for a seat and 30 per cent concession for sleeper coach in the bus. The senior citizens continue to get 50 per cent concession in the fare in express ST buses. Addressing a press conference at the bus station, Panchbhai said, Nagpur division has 62 Shivshahi buses, including two AC sleeper buses from Nagpur to Nashik and Pune. He said, MSRTC has purchased 38 Shivshahi buses, while the remaining buses are being operated on contract basis. He hoped that Shivshahi bus services would get encouraging response from the passengers.

The authorities have taken up renovation work, involving an expenditure of Rs 10 crore at Ganeshpeth Bus Station for creating another 20 platforms for passengers, providing all the required facilities in the retiring room for staff members. At present, there are 16 platforms, he said adding that the renovation work is expected to be completed by Diwali. To attract those passengers preferring cheap and illegal transport operators, MSRTC has now improved its own quality of passenger services, including reasonable fares. This has resulted in increasing the number of passengers travelling by ST buses considerably. The corporation had also sought cooperation from the Regional Transport Office in this regard, Panchbhai added. Ashok Warthe, Vijay Kude, Depot Manager, Ashok Wadibhasme, Divisional Traffic Officer, Pande, PRO and others were present at the press conference.

Scholarship scheme for wards of staff

Transport Minister Diwakar Raote announced in Mumbai that MSRTC has also launched Savitribai Phule Scholarship Scheme by giving Rs 750 for the wards of staff members learning in colleges to mark 70th anniversaryof the corporation. It will introduce a scheme in memory of Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil for bearing colleges fees in advance.

The amount will be given interest-free to employees and MSRTC will deduct the amount from monthly salaries. The period of two months passes would be extended to six months in case of retired employees. Raote also announced that the corporation will offer jobs to legal heirs of the martyr ex-servicemen. Raote handed-over an appointment letter to Indrajeet Sudhakar Bhat, an engineer, today.