Book NMMT Volvo bus seat along with your train ticket

PI­LOT PRO­JECT Ser­vice will start be­tween Pan­vel and CST, will be ex­tended to other ter­mi­nals later

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

TURBHE: Soon, you may be greeted by an air-con­di­tioned Volvo bus at Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ter­mi­nus (CST) af­ter you alight from a long-dis­tance train.

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT) has planned a sys­tem, whereby pas­sen­gers will be able to book tick­ets to NMMT Volvo buses while book­ing tick­ets for their long-dis­tance jour­ney. The scheme is ex­pected to be launched soon.

If suc­cess­ful, the fa­cil­ity will be ex­tended to Dadar, Lok­manya Tilak Ter­mi­nus and Bom­bay Cen­tral rail­way sta­tions.

The rail­way depart­ment has given the go-ahead for the book­ing scheme and hence the ser­vice is ex­pected to start soon.

“Many res­i­dents make sev­eral trips to other cities of­ten, es­pe­cially dur­ing fes­ti­val times and school sum­mer va­ca­tions,” said Shirish Arad­vad, gen­eral man­ager of NMMT.

He said, “Most res­i­dents have to go all the way to CST to board trains which, at times, is a has­sle with the lug­gage. The travel is ex­pen­sive by taxi. The NMMT has planned a pi­lot pro­ject to start a bus ser­vice daily at 6pm from Pan­vel to CST and 9am from CST to Pan­vel. The fre­quency will be in­creased later on.”

“While book­ing a In­dian Rail­way ticket, the NMMT ticket can be booked too. So, once the pas­sen­gers alight from the train, they do not have to spend too much on taxis. Nei­ther will they have to board a lo­cal train to reach Navi Mum­bai,” said Arad­wad.

He said, “Ini­tially the bus ser­vice will be be­tween CST and Pan­vel. The fare is ex­pected to be around Rs100 to Rs125 a pas­sen­ger. Since the ser­vice will be run through the free­way, it will take around 40 min­utes to reach Vashi and an­other 30 min­utes to reach Pan­vel.”

He said, “We have reached an ad­vanced level of dis­cus­sions with the rail­way on the is­sue and they are pos­i­tive about the ticket sys­tem. We are work­ing out means for time when the NMMT bus ser­vice is de­layed on a par­tic­u­lar day.”

This is one of the sev­eral projects that the NMMT has planned this year to im­prove its ser­vices and at­tract more pas­sen­gers.

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