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