|Owner||Government of Maharashtra|
|Transit type||Intercity bus service within State of Maharashtra and selected cities neighbouring states
Local bus service in selected cities
|Daily ridership||7 million|
|Chief executive||Jivanrao Gore (Chairman), Vikas Kharge, (Managing Director)|
|Headquarters||Mumbai Central, Mumbai|
|Began operation||1948 as Bombay State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC)
1960 as Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation abbreviated as (MSRTC, or simply ST), is the state run bus service of Maharashtra, India with 16,000 buses which ferry 7 million passengers daily on 17,000 routes. It is the third largest bus service provider in India and serves routes to towns and cities within Maharashtra and adjoining states. Apart from locations within the state of Maharashtra, the MSRTC service also covers destinations in neighboring states . It is one of the largest fleet owners in India. It also offers a facility for online booking of tickets for all 17,000 routes.
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation is established by State Government of Maharashtra as per the provision in Section 3 of RTC Act 1950.
The M.S.R.T.Corporation is operating its services by the approved scheme of Road Transport Published vide Notification MVA 3173/30303-XIIA dated 29.11.1973 in the official gazette.
The area covered by the scheme is entire area of the State of Maharashtra. The undertaking is operating stage and contract carriage services in the entire area of the state of Maharashtra except S.T. undertaking defined under Section 68 A (b) of M. V. Act and other exception published in the scheme.
The Present Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation(M.S.R.T.C.) represents the confluence of three streams for providing passenger road transport in the public sector. These related to the Pre-1956 Reorganization states of Bombay, Madhya Pradesh and Hyderabad. However, in chronological sequence, the place of pride for providing public road transport services goes to the Hyderabad state. First bus having been flagged off from the Pune to Ahmednagar in 1948.
It's a story that had a hesitant beginning, with many people then not giving the State Transport (ST) bus service more than a couple of years of existence. Standing today by this milestone of 58 years, its position of strength speaks for itself - 16,000-odd buses, 12,000 employees, about 70 lakh citizens utilizing the service daily.
Tracing the history that saw this development, we go back to the 1920s, when various entrepreneurs started their operations in the public transport scenario. Till the Motor Vehicle Act came into being in 1939, there were no regulations monitoring their activities, and this resulted in arbitrary competition, unregulated fares.
The implementation of the act rectified matters to an extent. The individual operators were asked to form a union on defined routes in a particular area. This also proved to be beneficial for travelers as some sort of schedule set in, with a time table, pick-up points, conductors, and fixed ticket prices. Thus continued the state of affairs till 1948, when the then Bombay State Government, with the late Morarji Desai as the home minister, started its own state road transport service, called State Transport Bombay. And the first blue and silver-topped bus took off from Pune to Ahmednagar. The driver and conductor used to wear khaki uniforms and peak caps. There were 10 makes of buses in use then - Chevrolet, Fort, Bedford, Seddon, Studebaker, Morris Commercial, Albion, Leyland, Commer and Fiat.
In the early 1950s, two luxury coaches were also introduced with Morris Commercial Chassis. These were called Neelkamal and Giriyarohini and used to ply on the Pune-Mahableshwar route. They had two by two seats, curtains, interior decoration, a clock and green tinted glasses.
In 1950, a Road Transport Corporation Act was passed by the Central Government and it delegated powers to states to form their individual road transport corporations with the Central Government contributing one-third of the capital. The Bombay State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC) thus came into being, later changing its name to MSRTC with the re-organization of the state.
The ST started with 30 Bedford buses having wooden bodies, coir seats and the fare charged on the Pune-Nagar route was nine paisa. Having seen the ST undergo many changes, lists them off as- increasing the seating capacity from the original 30 to 45 to the present 54, introduction of all-steel bodies to replace wooden bodies to make them stronger and cushion seats for more comfort. Later, in 1960, aluminium bodies were introduced as steel corrodes, especially in coastal areas, and the colour code also changed to red from the blue and silver. A partial night service was launched in 1956; the overnight service about a decade later and the semi-luxury class came into being during the Asian Games in 1982.
Significantly, the ST does not only carry people but also takes care of the postal mail, distribution of medicines, newspapers and even tiffins to children studying in the bigger towns. In rural areas, it aids farmers to transport their goods to the cities. All this in the face of bad roads, recurring losses, hiked taxes and yet it retains its identity of a transport service for everybody.
No matter what, the ST reaches every village that is connected by road, however bad it may be, truly living up to its motto of `jithe rasta, tithe ST' (where there's a road, there's a ST bus)!
MSRTC is one of the largest fleet owners in India, operating a fleet of approximately 23,500 buses that ferry 7 million passengers daily on 17,000 routes. The Ordinary, Parivartan, Asiad and City Buses are built at MSRTC's in-house workshops at Pune, Aurangabad, and Nagpur on Ashok Leyland and TATA chassis. These workshops produce as high as 2,000 buses per annum on an average. The corporation has 9 tyre retreading plants along with 32 divisional workshops.
Total Buses - 15500 Simple Buses - 14022 City Buses - 651 Semi Comfortable - 544 Mini Buses - 199 Deluxe Buses - 48 Air Conditioned - 26 Midi - 10
1. Akola Division
2. Amravati Division
AHMEDNAGAR Division 1. Ahmadnagar – Maliwada Depot 2. Ahmadnagar - Tarakpur Depot 3. Akole Depot 4. Sangamner Depot 5. Kopargaon Depot 6. Rahta Depot 7. Shrirampur Depot 8. Nevasa Depot 9. Shevgaon Depot 10. Pathardi Depot 11. Shirdi Depot 12. Rahuri Depot 13. Parner Depot 14. Shrigonda Depot 15. Karjat Depot 16. Jamkhed Depot 17. Supa Depot 18. Vabhori Depot 19. Sonai Depot 20. Mirajgoan Depot
3. Buldana Division
4. Bhandara Division - (भं)
1. Bhandara Depot (भं)-भंडारा 2. Gondia Depot (भं)-गोंदिया 3. Pauni Depot (भं)-पवनी 4. Tirora Depot (भं)- तिरोड़ा 5. Tumsar Depot (भं)-तुमसर 6. Sakoli Depot (भं)-साकोली
5. Nagpur Division
6. Ratnagiri Division
1. Mandangad Depot 2. Dapoli Depot 3. Khed Depot 4. Chiplun Depot 5. Guhagar Depot 6. Ratnagiri Depot 7. Lanja Depot 8. Sangameshwar Depot 9. Rajapur Depot 10. Devrukh Depot
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