Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today flagged off the Rajadhani Bus service here. The main objective of the service is to connect the State capital city with all the district headquarters.
Initiated by the Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC), initially, at least 23 AC Deluxe busses will ply from Bhubaneswar to Phulbani, Rourkela, Bhawanipatna, Bhanjanagar, Rajagangpur via Sundergarh, Rakkhariar via Bolangir, Gorumahisani via Karanjia and Burla via Sambalpur.
With launching of the service, passengers now reach Bhubaneswar in the morning and can return in the night.
The Chief Minister said that rest of the district will be covered shortly.
The buses have the facility of free wi-fi, CCTV, mobile charging, including GPS tracking and drinking water bottles on board. Passengers can book tickets online and also through mobile app on smart phones.
On the occasion, the CM also launched four VOLVO buses for plying from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata and Paradip and Vizayawada. Currently, at least 429 OSRTC buses are operating in 30 districts and in 43 inter-State routes covering Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.
Transport Minister Nursingha Sahu and OSRTC Chairman-cum-Managing Director KB Singh were present.