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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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