Over 19,000 people use bus service daily: CEO

Over 19,000 passengers travel daily on buses between Male' and Hulhumale', Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) has said.

MTCC's CEO Adam Azim made the statement in response to a Facebook post by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Director Ibrahim Naeem criticizing MTCC.

In his post, Ibrahim Naeem criticized MTCC for using double-decker buses instead of small buses. Naeem later deleted his Facebook post.

Responding to Naeem, Azim explained the reason for using bigger buses. He said 19,000 passengers travel in 50 buses daily, and 200 buses would be needed to cater to the same passengers using smaller buses.

"Which is better? Fifty buses or 200 buses?," Azim asked.

MTCC added 15 more double-decker buses to its fleet last month to improve the quality of bus services in the city. With these buses, MTCC now has 46 buses to serve the Greater Male' Area.