Pune: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will introduce an air-conditioned model of its flagship Asiad bus in a few months. According to MSRTC officials, to start with, the 39-seater AC buses will run on the Pune-Mumbai route.
The MSRTC can pride itself on being the first state road transport corporation in the country to introduce airconditioned buses in the lowcost category. The order for the first lot of buses had been placed, the officials added.
The cost of reconstructing each Asiad bus is about Rs 23.5 lakh. MSRTC officials are confident that the new service will draw more passengers towards state transport. Divisional controller of MSRTC Pune division, Shivaji Sonawane, said, “We are awaiting confirmation from headquarters.’’
The Pune-Mumbai route is busiest for the MSRTC. Besides, Asiad buses leave for Dadar from Pune station every 15 minutes with pick-up points at Aundh, Hinjewadi, Pimpri and Chinchwad.