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JCTSL planning to offer Intercity bus services to add ease in services.

With a view to offering adequate transport facilities, city populace will be provided with government-run intercity bus service soon

With only intra-city bus service available for them, the citizens have been finding it difficult to commute hassle-free. However,there's some good news.

Plans are afoot to offer them intercity bus service, rununder the Jabalpur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL), soon. Over a decadeago, the stays owned MP State Road Transport Corporation discontinue itsintercity and interstate services.

Thus, people had to depend on one private bus operators for intercity travels. Now they will have the bus service of JCTSL, a special purpose vehicle of the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC). The initiative is taken by the state urban development and housing department to restart the intercity public bus services across Madhya Pradesh under the public-private partnership (PPP)model. In the initial phase, JCTSL will get 51 buses including 24 air-conditioned ones. The intercity bus connectivity from Jabalpur will be available for various places including Bhopal, Indore, Rewa, Tikamgarh, Panna,Chattarpur, Amarkantak, Ju-nardoo, Chhindwara, and Balaghat.

JCTSL is planning to ply air-conditioned buses on certain routes including Amarkantak, a famous religious place from where river Narmada originates. For Bhopal, the public bus service is going to ply on two different routes; via Rajmarg and Sagar. The state urban development and housing department conducted a survey on various routes to spot the gaps between available transport facility and the passenger demand. Sachin Vishwakarma, the chief executive officer of JCTSL, says, 'The state urban development and housing department did a survey and on the basis of it, a decision was taken to have a cluster-based regional public transport service. It is going to provide that much-needed improved road connectivity between major places: The new intercity public bus service will also give more options for choosing a suitable time slot preferred by the passengers, to take the journey to their desired destinations. S Jain a trader, who often travels outside the city on business, says that he hopes the new service to be started under the PPP model will run smoothly and provide services that are on par with private operators.'Looking at the past experience of the now-closed state road transport corporation, it appears the PPP mode is more suitable to run the bus services,' Jain adds. Akhil Mishra, an entrepreneur, is happy to hear the news. Lie says, 'Due to the availability of better means of transport now,it is possible to return. To the native place on the same day from many of the places, which was not possible earlier, before the introduction of these services. Manish Sharma, an advocate, says that after the introduction of these services,people will be able to avail more intercity bus services' There is a common view among the public that the timings of the bus operations matter nowadays. For an-pie, a person from Jabalpur wants to visit Bhopal on work and if it is possible to him to return the same. She would prefer road journey.

Commuter-friendly APPROACH

Commuter-friendly APPROACH

The inter-state bus terminus now has separate toilet facilities for kids and physically challenged persons

With focus on people-friendly services, the inter-state bus terminus (ISBT) here has provided a separate toilet facility for kids. The toilet is fixed to the wall and also has a diaper changer and seater. Apart from it, There is a toilet seat and wash basin for children at the ISBT. This initiative was taken by the Jabalpur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL),for a special purpose vehicle of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC), to run the public transport in the city. In addition, there is the separate facility of the toilet for the physically challenged persons at the bus terminus. Over 500 buses ply daily from the bus terminus to various destinations within and outside the state. Some 10,000 passengers use the bus terminus daily. The bus services to the various destination outside the state including Nagpur,Amravati and Gondia, (in Maharashtra), Jhansi, Allahabad, and Varanasi (in Uttar Pradesh), Raipur, Bilaspur and Korba, (in Chattisgarh). It is rare to see a separate facility for kids at public places. Woman passengers have thanked the authorities for introducing the facility at the bus terminus. They share a common view that often, they face difficulties in changing diapers of kids at public places. They have to put the child on the floor or on the chair if it is available; amid movement of hordes of commuters. Swati Godbole, the mayor,says, "The civic body is committed to improving the public facilities. In this direction, a separate toilet facility is developed for kids and physically challenged persons at the bus terminus, where daily a large number of commuters come." Sachin Vishwakarma, the chief executive officer of JCTSL, says,"We are working to give the best facility to the passengers generally, it is seen that the kids use the toilet for adults, which problematic for both.Hence, it was decided to have a separate facility for kids with the wall mounted diaper changer and baby seater." The JCTSL has shown the way to other public transport service providers in the state to introduce this facility for the kids at the bus terminus. Narendranath Tripathi, a local bus operator, says, "It is indeed a unique facility introduced at the bus terminus, in the city." 

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