In less than a month, you will be able to board an AC Volvo semi-sleeper bus operated by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) from Mumbai and Pune to several new destinations, many of them outside the state.
In the first fortnight of December, the MSRTC will begin services to Udaipur and Panjim from Mumbai. New inter-state services from Pune and Nagpur will also begin to Surat, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, respectively. This is for the first time that the government-run bus operator is going in for a massive boost in inter-state connectivity for AC Volvo buses. Through this move, three major cities of the state, including Mumbai, will be connected to major cities in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.
An official from the MSRTC said that AC semi-sleeper bus services to Konkan — most probably, to Kankavli in the Sindhudurg district from Mumbai — will also be launched early next year.
Managing director of MSRTC, Deepak Kapoor said, "This is for the first time in the history of the MSRTC that AC bus services to states such as Gujarat and Rajasthan are being launched. We expect the natives of these states who have settled in Maharashtra to benefit from these services."
This boost in services is being made possible as 10 new AC Volvo buses are to be inducted in the MSRTC’s fleet during the first fortnight of December. Six of these will be the comfortable AC semi-sleeper variety and the four others will be the regular AC Volvo variety. The semi-sleeper buses will be put into the inter-state services that will connect Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur with urban centres in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. The remaining four will cater to tier-2 cities such as Thane, Nashik and Aurangabad.