MSRTC to start ‘Vithai’ buses for Pandharpur

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 5 January 2019

Ashadhi Ekadashi and Kartiki Ekadashi are the two days in a year when devotees throng Pandharpur. The buses are expected to get good response.

PUNE: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will add ‘Vithai’ non-AC buses to their fleet for passengers to visit pilgrim town of Pandharpur in Solapur district. The transport department will run 1,000 buses from different division across the State.

A senior official from Pune division said, “These buses will run on contract basis and cater to the needs of the pilgrims visiting Pandharpur. As a package, passengers will be also offered food and accommodation during the tour. A detailed policy decision to this effect will be announced shortly.” 

“Special packages are being worked out involving the newly added category of buses,” the officer added.

“Recently, 10 buses have joined the State transportation body, the MSRTC has placed an order for a total of 1,000 such buses, to be built at the Dapodi workshop in Pune. With a maximum capacity of 45 seats per bus, the ‘Vithai’ buses have a build and design that is similar to the existing ‘2 x 2’ category of ‘Parivartan’ buses of the MSRTC, except for the attractive interiors and exteriors of the ‘Vithai’ buses,” the officer said. The fleet of 1,000 buses is expected to be handed over to the MSRTC in a phased manner by July 2019.

“Ashadhi Ekadashi and Kartiki Ekadashi are the two days in a year when devotees throng Pandharpur. The buses are expected to get good response during these periods, proving to be a win-win situation for both the devotees and the MSRTC,” he said. 

Sachin Jadhav, a devotee from Pune, said that the new buses could prove to be a hit among pilgrims during the pilgrimages to Pandharpur.

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