KDMT to get more con­duc­tors, driv­ers; de­pot to be re­vamped

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

City com­muters have rea­sons to cheer as the civic body is look­ing at ways to de­velop the ser­vices of cash-strapped Kalyan Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (KDMT).

Mayor Ra­jen­dra Devlekar con­vened a meet­ing early this week to dis­cuss the pos­si­ble ways to de­velop KDMT with mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner E Ravendi­ran and mem­bers of KDMT.

“Since KDMT is fac­ing sev­eral prob­lems, I de­cided to con­duct a de­tailed meet­ing with the mem­bers of the KDMT and try to find so­lu­tions to make the ser­vice bet­ter,” said mayor Devlekar.

Cur­rently, the in­come gen­er­ated by the Kalyan Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (KDMC) trans­port depart­ment is around Rs7 lakh through 165 buses which ply on dif­fer­ent routes within and out­side the city. How­ever in 2011, the civic trans­port body gen­er­ated an in­come of around Rs6 lakh with only 55 to 60 buses ply­ing.

Lack of driv­ers and con­duc­tors is one of the ma­jor prob­lems faced by the KDMT.

The au­thor­i­ties de­cided to look into re­cruit­ing more driv­ers and con­duc­tors, de­vel­op­ing more de­pots for KDMT and re­pair­ing the ex­ist­ing de­pot at Ganesh Ghat in Kalyan (West).

“We need to de­velop the ex­ist­ing de­pot first, which can ac­com­mo­date 100 buses at a time. The old de­pot needs re­pair and more staff. We have re­cently ac­quired 60 buses but are strug­gling to park them as we have only one de­pot. De­vel­op­ing more de­pots is also very cru­cial,” said KDMT chair­man Nitin Patil.

While the KDMC gen­eral body has al­ready passed the de­ci­sion to re­cruit more driv­ers and con­duc­tors, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the de­ci­sion is awaited.

“Rs8 crore has been re­served for de­pot de­vel­op­ment in the KDMT bud­get. We will en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion soon,” said Devlekar.

KDMT had also planned to build three more de­pots in KDMC ju­ris­dic­tion. While one is sanc­tioned at Vas­ant Val­ley in Kalyan (West), the other two are awaited at Dom­bivli Kham­bal­pada and Vit­thal­wadi Kalyan (East).

The KDMT has planned to re­cruit 450 con­duc­tors and 450 driv­ers on con­tract as the buses un­der the JNNURM scheme re­quire trained driv­ers.

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