A darshan at the Rajrappa temple on the banks of the Damodar and Bhairavi rivers in Ramgarh is only a luxury bus ride away.
The Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC) will soon roll out Globus, an 18-seater AC bus from the house of Tata Motors, to visit Rajrappa temple for "priority darshan".
The service will be launched as soon as a decision is taken on the price of tickets. As of now, the department plans to make two trips to Rajrappa, 65km from here, tentatively on Tuesdays and Sundays. Plans are afloat to fix the vehicle with a Global Positioning System (GPS) and set up a control room to track the location of the bus.
State tourism secretary Arun Kumar Singh told The Telegraph that devotees travelling to Rajrappa using the service would get a priority in "darshan" of Goddess Chhinnmastika. "A large number of devotees throng the temple everyday. We will make arrangements so that the devotees can do their darshan at ease," Singh said.
Early this month, the tourism corporation launched a week day Ranchi-Jamshedpur-Ranchi Globus bus service. The bus leaves from the corporations' office near Ranchi Club at 6am and reaches Jamshedpur at 9am. From the steel city the bus leaves at 3pm, reaching the capital at 6pm. More trips will be added on this route soon.
"The same bus will make a trip to Rajrappa on two days a week and will also ply on the Ranch-Jamshedpur route for the remaining five days. We are planning to offer a complete package to passengers, which includes tickets and luxury facilities before starting this service," said Alok Prasad, the officer on special duty (OSD) with the tourism department.
So far, the response has been encouraging. B.B. Verma, zonal sales manager at Public Works Department, used this service from Jamshedpur to Ranchi recently. "It was a very smooth journey. The seats are very comfortable and the AC works well too. I am looking forward to my next trip," he said.
The state tourism secretary is also planning to procure more buses to star tourist activities across districts.
"We are going to outsource these buses to private partners and run them on lease. We are also having talks with private operators to get more buses from them," Singh said. He plans to invite an expression of interest from experienced and financially sound firms for supplying, maintaining and operating the luxury buses.
"Besides," the secretary said, "a control room to monitor these buses is on the cards. The buses will be fitted with a GPS system which will help us check they are running on the right route."
Telegraph, June 23