Maharashtra: MSRTC to Launch 50 Sleeper Buses for Long-Distance Travel

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Pune, 19th March 2023: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has announced that it will manufacture 50 sleeper buses for the first time at its central workshop in Dapodi. The Managing Director of MSRTC, Shekhar Channe, has confirmed that these sleeper buses will be launched later this year.

Over time, MSRTC has added new buses to its passenger services. From the yellow-colored buses in the beginning, the corporation has now introduced the ‘Shivai’ e-bus and other various buses to cater to the demand of passengers.

Sleeper buses are highly preferred by citizens when travelling long distances, especially at night, leading to overcrowding in many private sleeper buses. In response to this demand, MSRTC has decided to introduce full sleeper buses. While the corporation presently has some buses with both sleeper and sitting facilities, the newly developed buses will be fully equipped with sleeper facilities. These buses will operate on long-distance routes at night.

Channe stated that there was a demand for sleeper buses from Pune to Marathwada and Vidarbha. Therefore, the MSRTC has decided to introduce sleeper buses for these routes. “This year, 50 sleeper buses will be launched. These 12-meter-long buses will have a passenger capacity of 30. Although these buses will not have AC, all other facilities will be provided from the perspective of passengers. All 50 buses will be manufactured at the central workshop in Dapodi,” he added.

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