Serena Josephine. M

Buses will be painted in specific colours

Inclusion of school staff being considered

PUDUCHERRY: Bus services that are exclusively for school students will be introduced from next month. Nearly 40 routes linking rural and urban parts of Puducherry have been identified for this. The Puducherry Road Transport Corporation will be the nodal agency for the scheme and will call for tenders from bus operators on behalf of the Directorate.

An official of the Directorate of School Education said the primary objective of launching the bus services was to provide easy transportation to students in various parts of Puducherry.

There have been reports that students were facing difficulty while commuting to schools mainly because of improper bus timings and lack of seats in buses.

“The buses will be painted in a specific colour for easy identification. These services will be operated during the school rush hour both in the morning and evening,” he said.

The Directorate had conducted a survey to find out the number of students commuting to schools in buses, and their starting points and destinations.

Based on this, they had tentatively identified 40 routes mainly linking rural and urban areas, he said.

Some of the routes are Karayamputhoor to Puducherry, Thirukannur to Puducherry, Villianur to Puducherry, Bahour to Puducherry and Ganapathichettiukulam to Puducherry.

“The farthest points will be places such as Karayamputhoor and Thirukannur. There will be three different routes each for bus services from Karayamputhoor to Puducherry and Thirukannur to Puducherry,” the official said.

Most of the bus services will cover the nearby town areas and then reach Puducherry, he said. “The government has distributed free cycles to students. Those who have to travel far can use the bus services.”

The official added: “Safe transportation of students will be emphasised among the bus operators. We are yet to decide whether the service will be free or based on a separate bus pass scheme. Whether students can use the identity cards will also be studied. Similarly, we are looking at the possibility of throwing open the service to school staff.”

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