Suhas Jadhav, divisional controller of Kolhapur division of the MSRTC said, “The 38 Scania and 30 Volvo buses buses were supposed to join the fleet by Diwali last year. But there were some technical issues and it got delayed. Recently, I am told that the buses would join the fleet by April.”

 Earlier, the luxury buses were taken on contract from private contractors, where the agreement between the MSRTC and the bus owner had fixed the fare. It kept on escalating and passengers started opting for other modes of transportation. Now, the corporation is going to be the owner of the new buses. The decision is taken to keep a check on fare as per the season and demand from passengers.

 When asked about advance bookings for these buses, Jadhav said, “Online booking will not be available for these buses. But since there is always a rush during the summer season, these buses will get passengers for sure. We are also thinking of running a night service. Once I will come to know how many buses are allotted to Kolhapur division, I will be able to plan them accordingly.”

Times of India