Due to heavy rainfall in southern parts of Gujarat so many bus services have been shut down by GSRTC. Direct services between Ahmedabad to Surat has been shutdown. Passengers willing to travel to Surat can take bus upto Baroda, and depending on the situation Baroda depot authority will decide wether to move forward upto Bharuch or Ankleshwar. Please note that there are no gurantees that buses will reach Surat.So many other roads have been shutdown due to heavy rainfall, and damages to roads. Our advise is to check with proper authorities before heading for your destination if it falls in the southern part of Gujarat.Control rooms are being setup in all almost affected depots.All bus services except the Southern part is operating regularly, and no shutdown has been reported as of now.
Guess how the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) department will skirt pollution norms by decentralising the Gita Mandir terminus here! And this is how The GSRTC plans to have two satellite terminuses at Naroda and Subhash Bridge which are on the outskirts of the city.So these buses will not have to enter Ahmedabad which is governed by the Euro III pollution norms! Buses to and from Saurashtra side will originate and terminate at Subhash bridge while those going to North Gujarat will use the Naroda terminus.Sources in GSRTC told TOI that this strategy will also save the corporation from replacing its old buses with new buses to meet the Euro III norms.Right now, there are some 1000 buses entering and leaving the city and with these satellite terminuses fewer buses will enter the city limits.As per the proposal, those buses coming from north Gujarat to Ahmedabad will be terminated at Naroda. Even those going to other parts of the state will not enter Ahmedabad but halt at Naroda and go on.Citing an example general manager of GSRTC J B Vora explained that a Himmatnagar Surat bus which would have otherwise come all the way into Gita Mandir, would halt at Naroda and then go on to Surat. Read more GSRTC news at source.....
In a significant development, Ahmedabad-based Sambhaav Group of Publications has won the bid for Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) buses. Ahmedabad-based Krishna Communications was the incumbent agency handling the OOH account.Sambhaav faced fierce competition from Krishna Communications but managed to emerge as the winner by bidding just Rs 500 more than Krishna Communications. Sambhaav’s winning bid was Rs 14,77,00,500 against Krishna Communications’ Rs 14,77,00,000, disclosed Sambhaav Group CMD Kiran Vadodaria.The bidding process started in February 2006 and saw participation by five agencies including Chitra Publicity and Pioneer. Sambhaav will commence work on GSRTC buses from April 15 onwards. The contract, Vadodaria said, is till 2011.With this win, the company has become the largest player in the Gujarat outdoor space. GSRTC has got 7,900 buses, 1,600 hoardings and 1,400 pick-up stands. Asked on the kind of work that Sambhaav would be doing, Vadodaria said, Our core work would be to generate better value for the property in the same way as we did in the case of Ashram Road and C.G. Road.Ashram Road and C.G. Road are prime roads in Ahmedabad, and Sambhaav has got more than 70 sites and 80 kiosks on these roads.Vadodaria said, Gujarat has got an excellent road network. These buses move across the state carrying 25 lakh passengers every day. He further said that Gujarat as a market is 70 per cent urban. We have plans to do value additions through innovations, he added.Vadodaria informed that there are plans to come up with outdoor sites in Surat, Vadodra and Rajkot in the next financial year. Sambhaav Group is also looking at tying up with an international company for which it is in talks with two to three players. He asserted that such a tie-up would help them in acquiring knowledge of international marketing skills and equip them with the latest technology.
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) has started using biodiesel in some GSRTC buses and the experiment has been quite successful (Gujarat is the first state to introduce blended fuel buses which use five per cent biodiesel with 95 per cent diesel). GSRTC launched four buses running on blended fuel. The emission levels have gone down and even the maintenance costs have reduced. Carbon monoxide levels have come down by 20 per cent. The levels of hydro carbons are also down and smoke level has come down by over 30 per cent. The price of biodiesel and diesel is the same. Blended fuel can be used in existing buses without any engine modification. Biodiesel, produced by Ankleshwar based Gujarat Oleo Chem Ltd., is supplied to GSRTC by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).
Private mini-bus operators are making roaring business by picking up passengers right in front of the Central bus station near Astodia gate, while the authorities of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) can do little about that due to legal handicaps.We can stop them only from the bus station premises, outside the bus station. It is the police department that has to control their movements and prevent them from luring away our passengers by effectively implementing the no-parking zone regulation,’’ said a GSRTC security inspector. ‘‘We do whatever we can within our powers, like registering cases against private mini-bus operators on the highway, detain their vehicles and collect fines on the spot, but beyond that in the city, it is the job of the police, he said. The police constables and jeeps can be seen regulating other traffic but they don’t disturb mini bus operators. The mini buses can be seen in the one-way lane near Bhootni Ambli petrol pump, in the narrow lane opposite ST parcel office and opposite the TB Hospital. Buses, in lines of two or three, even four at times, can be seen parked here and, as one bus gets full and departs, the other pulls up promptly. Passengers find it cheaper and faster to travel by these buses. The operators don’t have to pay a passenger tax and it is here that the GSRTC is at a disadvantage against these operators, points out A P S Sutaria, additional general secretary of ST Karmachari Mahamandal.Sutaria says that because of this parallel service, the GSRTC is losing Rs 40,000 daily on destinations like Botad, Dholka, Viramgam, Rajkot, Surendrangar, Dhandhuka and Bavla, among others. In the current month, 109 cases were filed and 13 buses were detained besides imposition of fine of Rs 14,000 on highways, their jurisdiction, by SRTC officials. Thus, police complaints are filed regularly....
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