Infrastructure & Safety

Kolkata rationalises bus routes after 4 decades


The Kolkata transport department has finally rationalized routes of buses plying in the city and its periphery after four long decades. The last such changed were made in 1970. The department interviewed about 100,000 passengers for their views.

A department study found that travel patterns and needs of Kolkata had undergone a sea change with the expansion of the city, new activity centres, an increase in privately run  transport and growth of infrastructure.

For instance, intra-city travel used to be primarily north-south bound earlier. But now it moves east-west, south-east and north-east as well. “The need for rationalization of bus routes was felt to cater to the changing mobility patterns,” said transport minister Madan Mitra.

At present, government buses form only a part of the city bus transit system. The transport department is now trying to increase fleet strength of the state transport undertakings’ (STU) by adding about 1000 buses. STUs, particularly that of the Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC, will command Kolkata and its adjacent industrial exclusively from now.

Musafir Namah Bureau


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