NMMT’s `289-crore sur­plus bud­get pro­poses more buses

ON THE CARDS Looks at start­ing ser­vice through con­trac­tors un­der PPP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT) has for the year 2016-17 pre­pared its an­nual bud­get that shows an in­come of Rs288,72,14,000, with a sur­plus of Rs5,21,000.

NMMT gen­eral man­ager Shirish Arad­wad pre­sented the bud­get to NMMT com­mit­tee on Tues­day.

The trans­port body of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has claimed that it has ac­com­plished most of its plans laid out in the 2015-16 bud­get. It has how­ever ac­cepted that it faced a tough time man­ag­ing its in­come and ex­pense in the present fi­nan­cial year.

Hence for the com­ing year while pre­par­ing the bud­get, NMMT has taken care to en­sure bal­ance be­tween the two.

In the rev­enue in­come cat­e­gory, it is ex­pect­ing Rs 95,27,60,000 from pas­sen­ger fare, Rs48,02,56,000 from bus ser­vice run through Pub­lic Pri­vate Par­tic­i­pa­tion (PPP), Rs 2,09,52,000 from ad­ver­tise­ments and Rs 15.10 crore from other sources.

Un­der Cap­i­tal in­come it has listed rev­enue of Rs5 crore from the com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment of bus ter­mi­nals, grant of Rs52 crore from NMMC and other in­come of Rs1.43 crore.

NMMT pro­poses to pur­chase ad­di­tional buses in the com­ing year. It plans to spend Rs35 crore for it.

It has also set aside Rs62.27 crore for ini­ti­at­ing bus ser­vice through con­trac­tors un­der PPP scheme, Rs5.85 crore for de­vel­op­ment of bus de­pot at Ghan­soli, Rs17.12 crore on es­tab­lish­ment and work­shops, Rs5.41 crore for e-gov­er­nance.

Arad­wad said, “NMMT has for the past two years been work­ing on start­ing buses us­ing pri­vate con­trac­tors. It has pro­posed to start ser­vices in the next fi­nan­cial year.”

He added, “Our ob­jec­tive is to en­sure that there is bal­ance be­tween the rev­enue of the trans­port body and the ex­pense that is in­curred from it. Through this we want to en­sure ef­fi­cient ser­vice to the pas­sen­gers and im­prove the work­ing of NMMT.”

Once the NMMT com­mit­tee ap­proves the an­nual bud­get, it will be pre­sented to NMMC stand­ing com­mit­tee and the gen­eral body for fi­nal ap­provals.

NMMT was es­tab­lished by NMMC to pro­vide ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­port ser­vice to the res­i­dents. In its 20-year his­tory, the num­ber of buses with NMMT has in­creased to 360. Of th­ese 20 buses have been scrapped. Of the re­main­ing 340, a max­i­mum of 260 to 275 buses run on the road ev­ery day.

The trans­port body has been mak­ing losses in spite of start­ing many ser­vices. A few months ago, it had been mak­ing losses of more than Rs 2 crore ev­ery month.

It ini­ti­ated the ‘All out day’ pro­gramme where it plied all its buses and urged com­muters to use the pub­lic trans­port.

Re­cently, the NMMT in­tro­duced the first-ever on­line tick­et­ing plat­form and WiFi ser­vice in a pub­lic trans­port un­der­tak­ing.

Com­muters can book NMMT bus tick­ets by us­ing the Ridlr app on NMMT routes of 123 and 125. The ser­vice in the Volvo air­con­di­tioned buses was ini­ti­ated on De­cem­ber 28.

The pi­lot pro­ject has been in­tro­duced on the two routes for 3 months. It will be im­ple­mented on other routes there­after.

The move aims at up­grad­ing the ser­vice and at­tract­ing more pas­sen­gers to use the pub­lic trans­port. This will also earn the NMMT more rev­enue.

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