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Old August 15th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #81
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The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation’s (MSRTC) Shivneri buses on the Mumbai-Pune route will soon have pantries catering to passengers onboard. These buses will henceforth not make a halt at the food court on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
“We have got the board’s approval to start pantries in our buses. To begin with, we plan to start it in the buses plying on shorter routes like Mumbai and Pune,” said Deepak Kapoor, managing director and vice-chairman of the MSRTC.
The idea to start this facility in MSRTC buses first came up in October 2010. However, it got delayed due to a difference in opinion with officers. The original plan was to have this service in all the buses plying the length and breadth of the state.
The argument was that, with the introduction of pantry inside the buses, the interiors will get dirty.
“The facility is also available on Rajdhani Express trains, which are able to keep the interiors clean. Finally a call was taken to push the project forward,” Mr Kapoor added.
Once snacks and drinks are introduced, these buses will run non-stop between the two destinations, thereby saving around 15 minutes of travel time between the two cities.
Furthermore, the MSRTC is studying air-conditioned buses with pantry and chemical toilet introduced by the Karanataka State Road Transport Corporat-ion in its six Airavat Bliss and Airavat Superia buses. Apart from this, the other features included are WiFi connectivity and individual television.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 08:03 AM   #83
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MUMBAI: Having failed to rope in private parties to operate its luxury bus service to Konkan from Mumbai and Pune, the Maharashtra government is toying with the idea of handing over the job to Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC).

The private tour operators have not shown interest in the project citing lack of infrastructure facilities in Konkan region, tourism department officials said. The feedback from the dry run of the bus from Mumbai to Konkan in December last year was not good. "Due to narrow roads, it was difficult to drive the Volvo buses," an official said.

"State Tourism Minister Chhagan Bhujbal is of the view that the bus service be operated by MSRTC on routes decided by the MTDC. The proposal is under consideration of the tourism department," he said.

With an aim to attract foreign tourists, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) had decided to start a luxury bus service to Konkan from Mumbai and Pune. MTDC had purchased five such Volvo buses, which have facilities like chemical toilets, fridge, oven, Wi-Fi, at a cost of Rs 5.48 crore.

Under the new proposal, one bus each will be operated in Nagpur for forest tourism, Aurangabad and the same for Nashik, Konkan, Mumbai local tourism and the fifth bus from Mumbai airport to Shirdi, Pune. "The proposal is yet to be finalised," the official said. The tourist package in Konkan will cover temples, beaches and sea forts.

Every year about 14 lakh foreign tourists arrive in Mumbai and then proceed to different parts of the country. "Our endeavour was to attract these tourists to stay back and enjoy the scenic beauty of Konkan region," the official said.

In the 12th Finance Commission, Rs 225 crore were allocated to tourism department for upgrading infrastructure, resorts and repairing of guest houses. Of this, Rs 5.5 crore were allocated for purchasing Volvo luxury buses.
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Take a Maharashtra AC bus to Bangalore, pay half of private operators’ fare

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/20357643.cms

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The state transport body's AC Volvo sleeper bus service to Bangalore, which will start next week, will have a fixed ticket price of Rs 2,180 per passenger throughout the year. The amount will be half the fare of private buses, which charge as high as Rs 4,000 per passenger.


The MSRTC will launch the service on June 5, when the first bus will leave Mumbai at 2pm and reach Bangalore at 8am the next day. The return service from Bangalore will start at 4pm and reach Mumbai the next day at 10am.

"We are primarily targeting business commuters and software professionals as these buses will go via Pune and Kolhapur," said MSRTC managing director Deepak Kapoor. "We have 32 luxuriously furnished sleeper berths in the Volvos, which will ensure comfort," he added.

"Private operators may offer a lower fare, like Rs 2,030. But our fares will remain the same throughout the year, even during peak season and festivals," Kapoor said.

"We have appointed special agents in Bangalore to popularize the service. We expect buses to run packed as there is a huge demand," he added.

The colour and look of the bus will be the same as Shivneri buses that run between Mumbai and Pune. "We expect to target our loyal commuters on the Mumbai-Pune route and so we have decided to keep the same buses. The only difference will be the 32 sleeper berths," he said.

Kapoor also said that MSRTC is determined to introduce AC sleeper coaches on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route soon.
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The MSRTC plans to bring in more luxury and space for commuters with its decision to launch only multi-axle jumbo buses from this year on routes connecting Mumbai to Bangalore,Udaipur,Pune and Ahmedabad. The buses are designed to have more leg room, a better AC system, stronger suspension and will also seat more commuters.

MSRTC managing director Deepak Kapoor said, "The new premium vehicles will carry 53 passengers compared to 44 passengers in a regular Volvo bus." The buses, which will be called Ashwamedh, will run from Mumbai to Pune and other cities as well," he said.
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AC sleeper buses to Udaipur, Ahmedabad

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After the recent success of its first-ever sleeper AC buses to Bangalore, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) now plans to launch the coaches on Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-Udaipur routes.

Besides wooing tourists, the service will also give private operators a run for their money. "MSRTC buses are accountable and they have a fixed fare throughout the year," said MSRTC managing director Deepak Kapoor. Private bus operators are known to inflate fares during peak season like vacations and festivals. Kapoor said the sleeper AC coaches to Bangalore, which run daily via Pune, were a hit among business passengers, software professionals.

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Old June 29th, 2013, 08:47 AM   #88
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AC bus ride to Pune may cost Rs 20 more

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Your AC bus ride from Mumbai to Pune will cost around Rs20 more from Sunday onwards.

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has hiked fares on several routes, especially for AC buses. Fares for the Shivneri AC Volvos, from Mumbai to Pune, will increase from Rs355 per passenger to about Rs375.

"This is being done due to the increase in diesel and tyre prices," said MSRTC managing director Deepak Kapoor. He stated that there was a general increase in fares of up to 7% on several routes. The minimum bus fare for an ordinary ST bus will be Rs6 instead of Rs5, he said. Minimum fares for BEST buses here were increased recently from Rs5 to Rs6 (for up to 2km).

Kapoor said, "We increased ST bus fares last September. There have been hikes in diesel and tyre prices since then, but we did not pass on the burden to commuters. The new fares have been approved by the state transport authority."

State transport secretary Shailesh Sharma said, "Considering the increase in operational costs for running a huge fleet of nearly 17,000 state transport buses, we agreed to the fare hike. There is a standard formula for hiking fares in the state undertaking, and this has been followed while computing the new fares." More than 65 lakh passengers travel by state-run buses daily. The corporation runs nearly 150 trips between Mumbai and Pune daily.

"While hiking fares, we promise Wi-Fi, GPS, LCD screens and other amenities for passengers on AC bus routes, especially those to Pune. The hikes will come with benefits," Kapoor said. Fares for Sheetal buses, which are semi-luxury AC buses from Mumbai to Pune, will also go up from Rs240 to Rs260, an official said.
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Does MSRTC operate services on the Mumbai-Hyderabad sector?
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Does MSRTC operate services on the Mumbai-Hyderabad sector?
They operate semi luxury services named "Hirakani". The Shivneri services were running before but not anymore.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 03:59 PM   #91
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I see.
Thanks.

MSRTC seems to be least bothered about long distance routes from Bombay [Volvo].
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Rs 310 drop in Mumbai-Bangalore AC bus fare

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The fare of the Mumbai-Bangalore AC sleeper coach reduced have has dropped by Rs 310 per seat - a 14% reduction in price.

With the current season being lean, the MSRTC has lowered its fares from the existing Rs 2,180 per commuter to Rs 1,870 to beat the competition from private operators, who are also known to lower their fares at this time of year. When contacted, MSRTC managing director Deepak Kapoor said, confirmed the "sudden" reduction in fares.
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Mumbai-Pune ladies spl soon, courtesy MSRTC

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The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation has plans to launch ‘ladies special’ air-conditioned bus services between Mumbai and Pune.

“Sachin Ahir, state transport minister, made the announcement to start a bus service catering only to women, between Mumbai and Pune,” said Deepak Kapoor, managing director of MSRTC.

As of now, MSRTC runs 150 Shivneri air-conditioned buses from Dadar, Borivli and Thane. An equal number of buses enter Mumbai from Pune. “At the moment, MSRTC is working out the details, like how many buses should be there on a daily basis. The idea is in its planning stage,” said Kapoor.
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The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has several plans on the cards to give the brand an image makeover. Some of the recommendations made by the consultant include having more premium buses and generating revenue by way of advertisements.

“Seven months ago, we had appointed Ernst & Young to suggest ways to turn MSRTC into a modern, lean and mean corporation. From the final report that has been submitted, we are in the process of implementing five new ideas,” said Deepak Kapoor, managing director of MSRTC.

As per the plans, induction of premium vehicles is the most vital growth feature. “Henceforth, all new premium vehicles will only be multi-axle, as they carry 53 passengers in each trip as compared to 44 people in other Volvos,” added Kapoor.

The second agenda is to pay more attention on premium routes, such as Mumbai to Bangalore. Earlier this month, the MSRTC started Mumbai–Bangalore air-conditioned sleeper buses. In November, two new routes will be added, Mumbai–Ahmedabad and Mumbai–Udaipur.

Revenue will be generated from advertisements in buses, at bus depots and commercial establishments.

“Further, we have issued a Request for Proposal for computerisation of the stores department where we can reduce obsolete items and cut down inventory.
Annually, I am determined to save Rs200 crore. This project will be over by March 2014,” said Kapoor.

The fifth aspect is getting contracts for manufacturing and maintenance of buses from outsiders at its Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad body plants. In the next six months, contracts from other public sector undertaking, civic bodies, police, army, etc will be undertaken to make MSRTC financially sound.

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Ernst & Young was asked to suggest ways to turn MSRTC into a modern corporation.

MSRTC is planning to implement five new ideas.

Contracts from other public sectors will be taken to make MSRTC financially sound.
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MSRTC is charging 2000+ for a Bombay-Nagpur Volvo ride. Is it worth it?
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MSRTC all set to roll out ShivShahi buses
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Mumbai : The state will soon see the fleet of 500 new luxury buses on roads as the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) is all to start the new brand ‘ShivShahi’ buses.

The air-conditioned buses will have the latest amenities like Wi-Fi and personal TV screen and will start plying from April 10 connecting Mumbai to various major cities in the state. The ShivShahi scheme has 200 sleeper coaches and the rest are regular seater with cheaper rates than Shivneri, which is also run by the MSRTC. The ShivShahi bus scheme is expected to have more business due to its cheaper rates, said a senior MSRTC officer.

The ShivShahi buses are hired from leading private transporters for which work order was passed on Januray 22. The luxury buses will ply across the state with Marathwada and Vidharbha on a priority basis. The ShivSahi services will come on road in a phased manner, and the first phase of 70 buses will be allotted to Marathwada. “Currently, there are many people travelling Mumbai from Marathwada. Hence, we decided to allot the first phase of the buses on Mumbai-Marathwada route”, informed a senior MSRTC official on condition of anonymity.

The ShivShahi luxury buses have the latest amenities like Wi-Fi, personal TV screen for every seat, mobile and laptop charger points and CCTV. The most awaited sleeper coaches are added by the MSRTC in this fleet. The sleeper coaches have capacity of 30 berths while the chair car buses will be 45-seater luxury vehicles.

The ticket rates of ShivShahi will be cheaper than Shivneri. “Although exact rates are not yet fixed, but all the rates will be competitive to the private vehicles. The rates will be decided as per the season, which is just like the private vehicles which depend on the time of the year”, the MSRTC official said. “We want to attract more and more commuters across the state. The ShivShahi buses are for common people. People from the rural areas travel to Mumbai, they can afford the rates of ShivShahi,” the official added.

He also added, “The ShivShahi buses may not be as comfortable like Volvo buses and not as high-tech as Shivneri since we are looking at common man’s affordability. The Shivneri has an engine capacity of 290 HP and can go up to 100kilometres per hour, while the new buses have an engine capacity of 225 HP and will have speed limit of 80 kmph.”

The ShivShahi buses will ply on routes such as Mumbai-Nagpur, Mumbai-Yawatmal, Mumbai-Nanded, Mumbai-Parbhani, Mumbai-Beed, Mumbai-Jalna, Mumbai-Ahmednagar and many other cities. Considering the response they get, the MSRTC will then increase the frequencies on the routes. A regular commuter to Ahmednagar, Ajay Shete, a resident of Chembur, said, “We are very excited with the new buses. The amenities are good like air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and TV screen and further the rates are cheaper compared with Shivneri buses.”
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I sincerely hope none of the buses starting at Mumbai come to Pune. It is a longer route.
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It seems that MSRTC has cancelled their Mumbai-Hyderabad Ashwamedh. No longer listed on the online booking page.
Didn't expect it to last long. MSRTC is taking too long to cover the distance and charging too much. 1500 for a journey that private guys charge 1000 for, leaving at 1 from Mumbai and reaching Hyderabad the next day.

I don't understand what they are doing.
The Scanias [twin-axle] can be found on Swargate-Chandni Chowk-Dadar and Pune Station - Aundh Dadar now.
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2 leading firms interested in proposed double-deckers on Mumbai-Pune route

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Mumbai: Two companies, including a leading bus manufacturer from India and a Swedish bus firm, have shown interest in the proposed double-decker service along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway corridor. The MSRTC is now likely to procure two double deckers to start trial runs on this busy corridor soon, sources stated. TOI was the first to write about the plan to launch double-decker buses for the Mumbai-Pune route, on which it already operates 150 AC bus trips daily .

State transport minister Diwakar Raote, the brainchild behind this scheme, said introduction of double-deckers on this corridor will not only ferry more commuters, but also save costs on fuel, manpower. "I have asked the MSRTC officials to work out a concrete plan, study the existing route and feasibility of running such double-deckers before floating tenders," he said.

A senior official from MSRTC said the two companies which have shown interest are providing detailed reports on the specifications for buses which have to run through the hilly stretches (Khandala-Lonavala).

"We will be provided with the height of the buses and its feasibility depending on road gradient, mileage. Once the technical specifications are with us, we can conduct pilot study on the route before actually launching the bus services," the official said.
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MSRTC Latest Updates and Information

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation simply called as MSRTC. we know the state run bus service of Maharashtra, India with 16,500 buses which ferry 7 million passengers daily on 18,700 routes in the state of maharashtra.

this is a Toll Free: 1-800221250Phone: 022 23085581. and this MSRTC Founded: 1960, Mumbai. Award winning bus service announced in 1982.

moreover this is very largest service in India. Categorized transport bus

like Simple type of service
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  2. Express
  3. night service
  4. nimaarama
  5. The air-conditioned nimaarama (soft) *
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  7. The air-conditioned - Shivneri slippers
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