In the major development for the common citizens, the eagerly awaited city bus service will be launched in Cuttack on April 1. In the first phase, 30 buses will be pressed into service along several routes within Cuttack city limits and adjoining areas such as Choudwar, Athagarh and Banki.
The Cuttack Urban Transport Service Limited (CUTSL), a part of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) would manage the city bus service and provide connectivity to all important centres within Cuttack.
With the municipal commissioner as the chief executive officer of the CUTSL, there are plans to come up with a city bus service with a fleet of 100 buses.
- City bus service will be launched in Cuttack on April 1
- 30 buses will ply on several routes within Cuttack city limits and its adjoining areas in the first phase
- The state housing and urban development department will provide the buses under the JNNURM scheme
- City bus service will be operated by Sahara Roadways – a private party
- The Cuttack Urban Transport Service Limited (CUTSL) is planning to ply a fleet of 100 buses in a phased manner
Sources said the bus service will function on public-private partnership. The state housing and urban development department will provide the buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme for the city bus service which will be operated by Sahara Roadways – a private party.
As part of the contract, the private operator will incur all the expenses in connection with the operations, including payment of all applicable taxes. In return, the operator would be allowed to collect and retain appropriate fares from the passengers as notified by CUTSL.
Gyana Das, CEO of Cuttack Urban Transport Service Limited (CUTSL)
Under the agreement, the operator will be allowed to utilise the advertisement space on the buses as well as on the bus stands, but will be required to share the revenues earned.
Existing Picture of City Transport
Cuttack city is yet to have an organised public transport system. The existing city bus service is managed by the Bhubaneswar -Puri Transport Service Limited under JNNURM scheme in Bhubaneswar, Puri and Cuttack.
Private operators ply only on three routes with a fleet size of less than 20 buses covering major parts of the city.
Over the last decade, the terrain in and around Cuttack city has changed phenomenally and the mobility of passengers and goods over a much wider area is required on an urgent basis. The routes identified for the city bus service is expected to cater to the increasing needs of passengers by covering the city and the neighbouring towns.
Bikash Ranjan Behera, head of the standing committee for licence and appeal of the municipal corporation
City Bus Routes in Cuttack
The CUTSL has identified ten routes to provide connectivity to important centres of the city, such as the Cuttack railway station, Badambadi bus terminus, high court, SCB Medical College and Hospital, Ravenshaw University and collectorate office from Matagajpur, Nuapada, Bayalish Mauza, Nirgundi, Choudwar, Charbatia, Athagarh and Banki.
Route #1: Badambadi-Ring Road-high court-Deula Sahi-Sati Chaura-Bidanasi-Biju Patnaik Park
Route #2: Badambadi-Ring Road-CDA
Route #3: Badambadi-Link Road-OMP Square-railway station-College Square-Ranihat-Manglabag-Cantonment Road-Barabati Stadium
While three to four buses every hour are planned for the intra-city routes, two buses every hour have been planned on the inter-city routes.