State run Luxury bus, Shiv Shahi earns profit

Mumbai: The loss-making state run, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has earned nearly Rs 1.71 crore within 10 days by providing services to the public through its Shiv Shahi buses.

The luxury bus service –Shiv Shahi– a brain child of Maharashtra minister for transport, Diwakar Raote, was launched by a few months across the state. Now the MSRTC will start a new bus service from Mumbai to Ratnagiri. The new services too are all booked well in advance up to May 16. “We have added 30-seater A/C buses from Mumbai to Kolhapur,” says a senior MSRTC official.

The state undertaking is now running 1,113 services along 202 routes in the state out of which 751 Shiv Shahi buses are plying in the state, of these, 20 buses offer sleeper services. “The corporation will get another 1,249 buses by the year-end. So a total of 2,000 Shiv Shahi buses will be operating in the state.

Each bus has a seating capacity of 42 persons except for sleeper buses which have 30 seats each,” said the official. He added that Shiv Shahi buses cover nearly 35,000 km every day. “The bus is earning Rs 43 per km and the expenditure for running each service is Rs 35 per km, which means at each km, Rs 8 is the gross profit to the corporation,” said the official.