DNA | Last Modified - Oct 07, 2011, 04:18 AM IST
Jaipur: Four new Volvo bus services are on the anvil. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) plans to connect Jaipur with Mumbai, Shirdi, Somnath and Katra with the premium Volvo bus service by November.
Also, the Corporation plans to restart the Jaipur-Indore-Jaipur Volvo bus service, away from road for the past one month, due to bad roads in Kota-Bundi and Jhalawar.
The RSRTC sources said that talks are in final stage with the state roadways of Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh to start the four new Volvo service including the resumption of the Jaipur-Indore Volvo service.
"We're making all efforts to start the Volvo buses from Jaipur to Mumbai, Shirdi, Somnath and Katra by November," RSRTC spokesman Sudhir Bhati said on Thursday. While, the Jaipur-Mumbai service will connect the two cities in 19 hours, after a half-an-hour stoppage each at Udaipur and Ahmedabad, the Jaipur-Katra service will take 17 hours to connect the two destinations.
Presently, RSRTC Express buses from Ajmer and Udaipur connect Mumbai via Gujarat, while similar buses connect Jaipur with Katra. "With roads likely to be improved by November in Kota-Bundi-Jhalawar, the stalled Jaipur-Indore-Jaipur Volvo is also likely to be back on roads by next month," Bhati added.
The four new Volvo services are aimed at tapping the enormous potential of religious travel undertaken by the affluent class from Jaipur to Somnath-Dwarika, Katra (Vaishno Devi shrine) and Shirdi Sai Baba shrine.