06 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday travelled in a 'Mo Bus' from Biju Patnaik Airport Square to Jaydev Bhawan as the city bus operating under Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) completed one year in service today.
In one year, the bus service has turned as the go-to mode of transport for the common man in the city & continues to expand its reach, having crossed over 1 lakh daily ridership.
Cities are expanding, the population is on a rise, the traffic has surged and the mobility of commuters has increased. All these have led to an increase in pollution, the Chief Minister said.
"Of course we are in a better position in comparison to other States. But we have to plan from today. That is why it is important to strengthen the public transport system," Naveen said.
Congratulating CRUT authorities on the feat, Naveen said that timely service and the safe journey has to be ensured. "We have been able to develop 'Mo Bus' into a model transport service. I am confident that we can deliver better than other metro cities," he added.
Speaking to media persons on the occasion, Managing Director CRUT, Arun Bothra said that the service is catering to more than 85,000 passengers per day. "We will be adding new buses soon, apart from which 50 electric buses by Government of India will be added to the Mo Bus fleet."
On this occasion, Chief Minister unveiled the name of Mo Bus Mascot – MOBBY (Mo Bus for Better You). A contest was organised on social media in the month of October to find the name for the mascot. There was an overwhelming response by the followers on various social media platforms. Ahwan Paikray, city-based professional won the contest.
Housing & Urban Development Minister, Pratap Jena, Chairman, Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA), Subroto Bagchi and Principal Secretary, H&UD G Mathivathanan were present on the occasion. Bagchi highlighted steps taken by OSDA under the Skilled in Odisha banner that the programme to train the staff of MO BUS is a unique programme being piloted in the state of Odisha.