Indore City Bus is a road transport system run by Indore City Transport Services Limited
. This transport system runs through 277 kilometers of road network in the Indore
city and surrounding areas. The city bus service has 6 private partners along with the city administration and the total investment has gone more that 40 Crores
History of local transportation in Indore
Indore is the largest metropolitan city of the state of Madhya Pradesh
and a center of trade and commerce. The city is growing rapidly with need for increasing mobility, high travel demand, increasing intensity of traffic, congestion, delays, accidents and other transportation problems.
The intra-city public transport system is essentially road based with 500 private minibuses, 550 tempos(to reduce pollution now replaced by Maruti van as contract carrier), more than 100 Metro Taxi (Flat fare Rs.15 per KM) and 10,000 auto rickshaws. The city felt a lack of public mass transport system for long time.
Indore City Transport Services Limited was incorporated on December 01, 2005 with an objective to operate and manage the public transport system of Indore. Seven key people were identified as the Board of Directors. Indore Municipal Corporation and Indore Development Authority invested an authorized capital of Rs 2,500,000 jointly. The collector of Indore, Vivek Aggarwal was responsible for the execution of the project to run the bus service. The company is run as a public-private partnership.
Noted writer Gurcharan Das wrote in his blog on how Indore's bus service could prove to be helpful in solving New Delhi's bus transport problems. Blueline buses killed as many as 488 people in New Delhi during the 3 year span of 2005-2008. Gurcharan writes "Indore is now quoted (with Bogota) as having the best bus service in the world".