The Centre has drawn up a plan to induce state road transport undertakings
(SRTUs) to introduce double-decker luxury buses on long distance inter-city
The 75 such routes identified across states include Delhi-Agra,
Delhi-Jaipur, Lucknow-Gorakhpur, Vadodara-Mumbai, Srinagar-Jalandhar,
Kozhikode-Kochi, Bengaluru-Mangalore and Vishakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar.
Union Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari reached out to state transport
ministers on Tuesday to ply such buses on inter-state routes. The Centre is
also considering to provide some financial assistance to the State road
transport undertakings to promote this mode of transport. Sources said the bus
fare could be Rs 10 per km for the first three years.
The double-decker buses will be fully air-conditioned. Officials said the
main reasons behind introducing such buses on long routes are - these occupy
similar road space as single-decker, but have higher profitability and capacity
in comparison to single-decker buses.
The Centre's initiative comes in view of the growing share of cars and
private vehicles on some of the key stretches leading to congestion.
The traffic survey data from 30,000 km of NH network has shown that the
share of bus passengers per day has decreased from 45 in 2016 to 40 per cent in
On the other hand, the share of car passengers increased to 60 per cent
this year from 55 per cent during 2016. "If we don't shift the car
passengers to bus, we will need to expand roads frequently, which is a much
expensive proposition," said an official.
Gadkari has also asked state transport ministers to take measures to end
check posts for seamless movement of goods and passenger vehicles. He has asked
them to adopt digital payment solutions for this.
Though all octrois have been removed from state border after the GST
rollout, most of the states have not removed check-posts operated by the