You can now take NMMT bus from Taloja to Be­la­pur

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

TALOJA: Com­muters can now heave a sigh of re­lief as their long-pend­ing de­mand for a bus ser­vice in the area has been ful­filled by Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT).

Fol­low­ing the per­sis­tent de­mand and fol­low-ups by Taloja Pach­nand Na­gar Rahi­wasi Sangh, an as­so­ci­a­tion of lo­cal res­i­dents, the NMMT de­cided to start the ser­vice in Taloja Phase I.

Route num­ber 52 from Taloja was in­au­gu­rated on Tues­day by NMMT com­mit­tee chair­man Sabu Daniel.

Orig­i­nat­ing at CBD Be­la­pur rail­way sta­tion, the bus ser­vice will go via Kharghar to Taloja phase I. There will be a bus ev­ery 24 min­utes.

Lo­cal vil­lagers too will ben­e­fit from the ser­vice as the bus will go upto Pethali vil­lage.

“Al­though the pop­u­la­tion has crossed 10,000 in Taloja Phase I, with many mid­dle­class res­i­dents re­sid­ing in the area, pub­lic trans­port ser­vice was not avail­able here,” said Kasam Mu­lani, pres­i­dent of the Sangh.

“The worst-af­fected were stu­dents and se­nior cit­i­zens. They have to walk till RAF camp and then take au­torick­shaw from there. We had been fol­low­ing up on the is­sue with NMMC and ev­ery­one is happy that we suc­ceeded,” said Mu­lani.

“We had to pay huge sums to au­torick­shaw driv­ers to go any­where. The bus ser­vice will save our time and money,” said Shah­je­han Chougule, a res­i­dent.

NMMT gen­eral man­ager Shirish Arad­wad said, “We have routes 52, 53, 54 op­er­at­ing till Kharghar; route 52 will ex­tend upto RAF camp.”

NMMT chair­man Sabu Daniel said, “De­pend­ing on the re­sponse that we get to the ser­vice, we will in­crease the fre­quency of the ser­vice and in­tro­duce more buses.”

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