Free bus travel for stu­dents dur­ing boards

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­

From next year on­wards, stu­dents in the city ap­pear­ing for sec­ondary and higher sec­ondary ex­ams will be able to travel for free in the civic buses.

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT) has de­cided to make avail­able bus tick­ets avail­able for free for all stu­dents ap­pear­ing for their Class 10 and 12 board ex­ams.

The free bus tick­ets will how­ever be ap­pli­ca­ble dur­ing the exam pe­riod as stu­dents al­ready get con­ces­sional bus passes through­out the year.

Of­fi­cials from the trans­port depart­ment said the ben­e­fit will be given to all stu­dents ir­re­spec­tive of whether they are from civic schools or pri­vate schools.

“We will start pro­vid­ing the bus tick­ets for free to stu­dents from next aca­demic year. The step is spe­cially go­ing to be use­ful for those stu­dents whose ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tre is far and they have to shell out ex­tra money on auto. The mo­tive be­hind this is to help stu­dents as well as en­cour­age them to travel by NMMT buses,” said Sabu Daniel, chair­man, Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port.

Of­fi­cials said the stu­dents will have to show their hall tick­ets and can travel free of cost.

Stu­dents will also be al­lowed to board from the front door when they travel dur­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion time so as to help them reach their exam cen­tres on time. “We have been tak­ing ini­tia­tives for the bet­ter ser­vice to our com­muters and to urge more peo­ple to use the civic buses,” said the of­fi­cial.

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