Kolkata: The State Government is going to introduce 411 more buses, both AC and non-AC, on Bengal’s roads. This was announced by the Transport Minister in the Assembly on November 29. Both intra-city and inter-city routes will be covered. Some of these buses would also be run on environment-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG).
Of these, 156 buses would connect various towns in the districts. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had made announcements about these 156 routes during her administrative review meetings. Thakurnagar-Howrah, Memari-Kolkata and Jamalpur-Kolkata are among the new routes.
This is the latest in a series of introductions that the department has been carrying out since the last few months. Several were introduced in Kolkata prior to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup too.
Other buses to be introduced, said the Transport Minister, include 130 electric buses (of which 30 would be in the Asansol-Durgapur sector and the rest in and around Kolkata) and 20 electric buses in the township of New Town. Once charged, the electric buses would be able to run for 100 to 130 kilometres.
The Transport Minister also said that anyone wanting to run buses gets all sorts of help from the Transport Department, including loans on easy terms through the Gatidhara Scheme.
Five buses have been bought for running between Darjeeling and Mirik.