KATHMANDU: As many as 1,700 people benefited from the free bus service operated by Nepal Police today, as the normal life in Kathmandu was crippled by a bandh imposed by the CPN Maoist led Netra Bikram Chand. Police had operated one bus each along two routes in the Capital to offer safe travel to the denizens. Police said 504 people had used the bus plying along the first route: Naxal-Maitidevi-Gausala-Koteshwor-Tinkune-Babarmahal-Maitighar-Tripureshwor-Sahid Gate-Lainchaur-Lazimpat-Narayan Gopal Chok-Baluwatar-Naxal. Meanwhile, the second route of Naxal-Putalisadak-Maitighar-Kupondol-Pulchok-Jawalakhel-Akentakuna-Kalanki-Kalimati-Tripureshwor-Sahid Gate-Ratna Park-Durbar Marg-Naxal was used by 1,196 people on the day, added police. Police said the free bus service was operated from 10 am to 5 pm today.