Indore City Bus

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Indore City Bus
LocaleIndore; Mhow; Rau; Hatod; Pithampur; Manpur
Transit typeBus Transit System
Number of lines32
Number of stations426
Daily ridership55,000[1]
Chief executiveMalini Gaud,[2] (Mayor of Indore City)
HeadquartersPlot. No.30 Residency Area, A.B. Road, Opp. M.G.M. Medical College, Indore
Began operation26 January 2006; 12 years ago (2006-01-26)
Number of vehiclesTata Starbus
Ashok Leyland
Eicher Motors
System length277 kilometres (172 mi)
Indore City Bus

Indore City Bus is a road transport system run by Atal Indore City Transport Services Limited or AICTSL. 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 than 40 Crores.

History of local transportation in Indore[edit]

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.11.95 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 1 December 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.


The city bus routes are spread citywide and also to neighboring cities. Majority of city bus consist of ordinary route. Limited bus services which skips minor stops is used on Long routes, high capacity routes and routes that provides connectivity beyond Indore city. The buses have colour strips appended to routes. Green coloured buses connect Indore with Mhow. Some buses like yellow and orange go beyond Indore region to Pithampur and Gandhinagar area. Buses with magenta strip mostly serve BRTS and provide connection AB Road and buses coloured blue serve Rajwada region. The ICTSL uses CNG powered buses for its operation.

As of 2011, the ICTSL runs a total of 125 buses, ferrying an average of 55,000 passengers over 30 routes, and has a workforce strength of 375 which includes 225 bus drivers and 150 conductors.[3] Route no. Start[4] End Place
1 04 (IV) Vaishali Nagar Panchwati
2 05 (V) Arvindo Hospital Mhow Naka
3 07 (VII) Tejaji Nagar Gandhi Nagar (Indore)
4 09 (IX) Manawta Nagar Hawa Bungalow
5 11 (XI) Tejaji Nagar Gommatgiri
6 12 (XII) Manawta Nagar Rajwada
7 13 (XIII) Rajwada Khajrana
8 16(XVI) Nurani Nagar Musakhedi
9 17 (XVII) Palda Naka MR10
10 25 (XXV) Railway Station IndoRama
11 26 (XXVI) Indore Eicher Square (Pithampur)


The Indore City Transport Service Corporation operates inter-city services to six different areas beyond the municipal limits of Indore city, i.e. into the limits of the bordering corporations of Mhow, Rau, Hatod, Pithampur, Manpur & Bhopal. Two new suburbs Runji Gautampura and Depalpur also added in city bus circle on 15 December 2012.[5] The ICTSL supplements suburban buses, which is the mass carrier on Indore region. It is for this reason that ICTSL always gives priority for feeder routes are given more priority than other routes.

Rates and passes[edit]

The city bus offers daily passes to regular travelers. The city bus fare has been increased by Rs. 1 and now its even more . The minimum charge for city bus is Rs. 5 and the monthly pass rate has been increased to Rs.800. This increase was attributed towards the recent crude oil price hike which made diesel and petrol costlier in India.


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.[6] Blueline buses killed as many as 488 people in New Delhi during the 3-year span of 2005-2008.[7] Gurcharan writes "Indore is now quoted (with Bogota) as having the best bus service in the world".


  1. ^ "Bus strike in Indore hits 55,000 commuters". The Times Of India. 2012-10-09.
  2. ^ Jha, Bagish. "Malini Gaud becomes mayor of Indore". Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Bus strike in Indore hits 55,000 commuters". The Times Of India. 2012-10-09.
  4. ^ "Routes of City Bus". Indore City Bus. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Two buses will run on route Gautampura". Dainik Bhaskar. 2012-12-12.
  6. ^ "Gurcharan Das' Official Blog". Blogger. 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Supreme Court expresses concern over deaths by Blueline buses". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008.

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