The MSRTC has branded its midi buses as ” Yashwanti” and plans to introduce such buses in areas which cannot be accessed by the regular state-transport bus. It will ply in the hilly areas and on narrow roads.
“There are 610 midi buses in our fleet and it caters mainly to passengers in rural and remote areas,” said MSRTC public relations officer Mukund Dhus. “We have already branded our other buses — such as the “Shivneri” which are AC Volvos plying on Mumbai-Pune route, the “Sheetal” AC semi-luxury buses which plies on several routes including Mumbai-Pune, the ” Ashwamedh” which are multi-axle jumbo buses.
The latest branding is that of our midi buses which will henceforth be referred to as Yashwantis,” he stated. The state corporation already run these buses in Panvel and other areas close to the Mumbai metropolitan region. “We have plans to introduce more midi buses based on passenger demand,” an official said. He further stated that these buses were a hit on the Neral-Matheran route.
“You can get down at Neral station and catch a “Yashwanti” bus and easily reach Matheran by paying just Rs 25 per head.”The bus belongs to the Karjat depot and plies on Karjat-Neral-Matheran route daily. It takes passengers near Dasturi Naka which is the last point where cars and buses are allowed at the tip of Matheran. The initiative to brand all buses in the 17,000-strong MSRTC fleet has been taken by the managing director Deepak Kapoor.