Anuraag Singh, DNA | Last Modified - Sep 21, 2011, 03:31 AM IST
Jaipur: Getting out of mounting losses could still be a pipe dream for the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). But, it doesn't restrain the Corporation from dreaming big.
Inspired by the world famous London Transport Museum, RSRTC chairman and managing director Manjit Singh has embarked on a mission preserving old buses in a museum and recreate models of these buses for public viewing. Singh happened to get the idea during his visit to the London Transport Museum, early this year.
As per sources, the RSRTC would collect old models of buses, since 1960s when the Corporation first commenced operations. In years to come the pictures and models would be showcased as a museum on lines of London Museum, provided the Corporation gets government approval and money to back its plan.
An RSRTC official informed that directions for preserving old buses and making models out of pictures of old buses were recently issued at the meeting of zonal heads of the Corporation.
Officials in Jaipur have already been tasked with collecting pictures of old buses, spanning from the first green-coloured express busses of the 1960s to red-coloured city buses. Other models which would be preserved would feature the first deluxe bus introduced in 1970s, the women's special bus and the chal vidyalaya bus service pressed into service in recent years.
Established in 1980, the London Transport Museum preserves and explains the transport heritage of London to the visitors. It operates at two sites, Covent Garden and Acton in London and preserves a wide array of heritage transport systems, including heritage buses, trams, trolleybuses and rail rolling stock.
When contacted, Singh said that work is underway to collect pictures and build models of old buses and conserving the original models of heritage buses. "We might be able to replicate London's world famous possession to some extent for the first time in India," he said. This effort would not only preserve our heritage buses, but would also educate school and college goers, besides becoming a draw for tourists," Singh hoped.