NMMT rev­enue dips by 30% in 2015

Earns Rs5.36 lakh from tick­et­less com­muters last year against Rs6.74 lakh in 2014

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Rev­enue earned by Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT) from the tick­et­less com­muters de­creased by 30% in last one year.

Ac­cord­ing to NMMT of­fi­cial, in 2015 from Jan­uary to De­cem­ber, a to­tal of 4810 com­muters were found trav­el­ling with­out ticket as op­posed to 6154 com­muters found in 2014.

It di­rectly af­fected the rev­enue earned by the trans­port body. NMMT earned only Rs5,36,459 from tick­et­less com­muters last year against Rs6,74,367 earned in 2014.

Sources said that in the first seven months, NMMT cracked down heav­ily on com­muters trav­el­ling with­out buy­ing a ticket. But in the last five months, there was not much at­ten­tion to­wards it.

In 2014, the trans­port body had taken se­ri­ous note of the huge rev­enue loss in­curred by such com­muters and fo­cused on the men­ace. Com­muters trav­el­ling in the rush hours do not buy tick­ets many times. But, the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned had in­creased sur­prise check to con­trol tick­et­less trav­el­ling that year.

Sirish Arad­wad, gen­eral man­ager of NMMT, said, “We do not lack man­power to keep a tab on the tick­et­less com­muters. As of now we have 50 ticket check­ers and this strength is more than enough. This year, we have de­cided to crack the whip on such com­muters and gen­er­ate more rev­enues.”

As of now NMMT charges Rs 150 for trav­el­ling in non-AC buses, and Rs 250 for trav­el­ling in Ac buses. There is, how­ever, no pos­si­bil­ity of in­crease this fine in the near fu­ture.

“We are now run­ning a to­tal of 360 buses in­clud­ing 70 air-con­di­tioned ones on 48 routes. This num­ber is how­ever not suf­fi­cient to cover such a huge area. There­fore, we have or­dered for 150 new buses in­clud­ing 10 air-con­di­tioned ones and are ex­pect­ing those within a few months,” Arad­war said.

The NMMT also started Pan­vel city ser­vices a few months ago and it re­ceived over­whelm­ing re­sponse.

Now, com­muters from Pan­vel sta­tion who have to rely only on au­torick­shaw can com­mute by buses which will be much cheaper.

“The new buses we have or­dered will not be used out­side Navi Mum­bai. We will con­cen­trate mostly on the ju­ris­dic­tion of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC),” he said.

We are run­ning a to­tal of 360 buses in­clud­ing 70 air-con­di­tioned ones on 48 routes. This num­ber is how­ever not suf­fi­cient to cover such a huge area. There­fore, we have or­dered for 150 new buses in­clud­ing 10 air-con­di­tioned ones.

SIRISH ARAD­WAD, gen­eral man­ager of NMMT

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