Dushyant Singh Pundir
Chandigarh, February 5
Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) will soon launch a shuttle service between ISBT-17 and Chandigarh International Airport, Mohali. The bus service will be available with a frequency of 20 minutes to a maximum of 40 minutes.
The idea behind starting the shuttle service is to improve the connectivity between Chandigarh and the airport and provide speedy service to passengers coming and going from the airport. — Dharam Pal, UT Advisor
“The idea behind starting the shuttle service is to improve the connectivity between Chandigarh and the airport and provide speedy service to passengers traveling to and from the airport,” said UT Councilor Dharam Pal.
Pradhuman Singh, transport manager, said the bus would stop at Sohana and ISBT-43 along the way. The service will start from ISBT-17 at 4:20 a.m. and the operation will end at 11:40 p.m. Likewise, the bus will depart from the airport at 5:20 a.m. and the last bus will depart from the airport at 00:55 a.m. “CTU bus schedules sync with airport fight arrival and departure times,” he said.
There will be a flat rate ticket of Rs100 per person for any of the stops. A CTU service counter has been set up at the airport, which will guide commuters regarding shuttle service and other CTU long-distance intercity bus services, he said.
The one-stop shop will also expand the possibility of online pre-booking for CTU long-distance services for air travellers’ onward travel. Passenger information boards indicating the expected arrival time of airport buses have been installed at the airport. “CTU took this initiative to provide cheaper and convenient local transportation for airport commuters,” he said.
Rajat Mishra, a frequent air traveler, said it was a good move by UT administration to provide economical travel as an app-based taxi charged almost Rs 400 for the ride from ISBT- 17 at the airport. The bus service would also benefit people traveling to the airport by their own vehicles, as they would save not only on their fuel costs, but also on the parking fees to be paid at the airport.
Tanvi Sharma, another traveler, said the app-based taxi service is priced exorbitantly these days and she should switch to other modes of transport to save money. The new taxi service provided by the Chandigarh administration would benefit commuters like her, she said.
Meanwhile, Ajay Jagga, a former member of the District Consumer Protection Council, UT, demanded a shorter route to the airport for residents of Chandigarh and Panchkula, and people coming from Himachal Pradesh.
In a letter to the UT administrator, Jagga requested that a shuttle service (perhaps an electric bus) be considered between the original Chandigarh airport and the new terminal on the Mohali side. “It will save fuel as well as time of commuters, which are wasted to get to Mohali,” he said.
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