MSRTC to run 1,700 extra buses to tackle Diwali rush

The Pune division of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will run an additional 1,700 buses during this festive season in an attempt to clear extra rush and check exploitation of passengers by private operators by charging them extra.

For the first time, those doing "group bookings" will be picked up from homes, thus sparing the passengers from the trouble of reaching the bus stations during peak hours.

The extra buses would ply from Shivajinagar, Swargate, Pune station, Pimpri-Chinchwad and the Engineering College Grounds.

Ashok Jadhav, divisional Pune Divisional Controller, MSRTC said that 600 buses will leave from a temporary bus stand that will be set up at the CoEP ground.

As many as 850 special buses will leave from Swargate and over 290 from Shivajinagar. The remaining buses will leave from Pune station and Pimpri.

CoEP, and Shivajinagar station will hosts buses to Marathwada and Vidharbha Region, while buses to western Maharashtra destinations such as Kolhpuar, Sangli, Mahabaleshwar, will leave from Swargate bus stand.

Tickets can be booked online at www.msrtcors.co.in and www.msrtc.gov.in. Ticket can also be booked at reservation centres at the ST depots or any of the 40 authorised booking agents in the city.

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