CASH-STRAPPED KDMT TOT­TERS, YET OF­FI­CIALS GO ON STUDY TOUR

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sajana Nam­biar sajana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KALYAN : Kalyan- Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (KDMT) of­fi­cials and elected mem­bers will, in Jan­uary, visit Ban­ga­lore and Mysore to study the pub­lic trans­port in place at both the cities.

KDMT of­fi­cials said the study tour was aimed at get­ting ideas for re­viv­ing the strug­gling KDMT, but con­sumer activists are call­ing it a waste of money.

The study tour, slated for the sec­ond week of Jan­uary, will cost the KDMT Rs6 lakh. The pro­posal was ap­proved by the KDMT’s gen­eral body meet­ing on Thurs­day.

The KDMT was es­tab­lished in 1999 and be­gan func­tion­ing in 2001.

Ini­tially, it gen­er­ated con­sid­er­able in­come for the mu­nic­i­pal body, but at present many buses can­not ply for lack of driv­ers and con­duc­tors.

The pas­sen­ger count, which was 85,000 in 2011- 12, has de­clined to 45,000 in 2014-15.

Thir­teen elected mem­bers of the KDMT and two of­fi­cials will be a part of the tour.

“This is a planned event which takes place ev­ery year. It helps of­fi­cials to learn about the trans­porta­tion ser­vices in other cities, in or­der to com­pare our ser­vices with theirs,” said De­v­i­das Tekale, KDMT gen­eral man­ager.

“All mem­bers have been de­mand­ing to go on a study tour. And the mem­bers are sup­posed to sub­mit a re­port of the tour, based on which im­prove­ments are made to our ser­vices,” said Nitin Patil, KDMT chair­man.

Ra­jen­dra Phadke, pres­i­dent of Kalyan Pas­sen­gers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said the study tour is a waste of money. “There has been no spe­cific out­put from such tours,” Phadke said. “They spend a huge amount and get a chance to visit places. Then, they come back and pre­pare a re­port for the sake of ap­pear­ances.”

Phadke said the tours did not yield re­sults. “Where is the im­ple­men­ta­tion? The civic trans­port body should at least con­sider send­ing peo­ple who have knowl­edge about trans­porta­tion is­sues, in­stead of send­ing the mem­bers and of­fi­cials. Af­ter all, it the pub­lic money they are spend­ing,” Phadke said.

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