Leave your car, bike at home on Tuesday. Take NMMT bus
Cash- strapped NMMT says initiative will help reduce pollution, traffic snarls in the city
TURBHE: Commuters will see around 150 additional buses plying on the city roads on February 23, which will be observed as ‘Bus Day’.
This is yet another strategy of the cash-strapped Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) to attract commuters to use public service. The NMMT also said the initiative will help reduce pollution and traffic snarls in the city.
The NMMT has urged commuters to give up their personal conveyance and make use of the bus services on this day. Commuters will have a chance to avail of the services of Jeevan Vahini, a decorated bus going around the city to create awareness about public bus services.
“We appeal to every resident to leave the keys of their vehicles at home on the day and travel by an NMMT bus,” said NMMT chairman Sabu Daniel, speaking at a press conference on Saturday.
He said, “It will help us save our environment and also decongest traffic at several places in the city. It will also save your money and NMMT too will benefit.”
“We plan to hold such a programme at least once every three months,” said Daniel.
“We appeal to commuters to not use their personal vehicles at least on that day. Using public transport will reduce pollution and make Navi Mumbai conges- tion-free,” said NMMT general manager Shirish Aradwad.
“Earlier, too, we had asked our officials to use the bus at least once a month. On that day everyone surely uses only our buses,” said Aradwad.
Speaking about the plans for the day, Aradwad said, “We usually have 290 buses plying on the road every day. However, on Bus Day, we will have 360 buses to cater to the additional demand.”
He said, “We have also asked BEST, KDMT and MSRTC to deploy more buses. We are expecting them to add another 70 buses.”
Shiv Sena members, however, played spoiled sport by boycott- ing the press conference. They have been upset owing to the fact that Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde’s has not been invited to the inauguration of Bus Day.
The initiative is slated to be inaugurated by former guardian minister Ganesh Naik of the Nationalist Congress Party.