KDMC pro­poses shift­ing ST de­pot from sta­tion area

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KALYAN: In a step to de­con­gest the city, the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion has pro­posed to shift the ST bus de­pot which is out­side the Kalyan rail­way sta­tion.

The Kalyan ST de­pot sees around 70,000 pas­sen­gers ev­ery day. The buses go­ing in and out of the de­pot add to the traf­fic and con­ges­tion on the busy sta­tion road. This is the rea­son why the Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( KDMC) has pro­posed to shift the de­pot to a place away from the sta­tion. The civic body has even al­lot­ted Rs1 crore for this pro­ject in its bud­get for 2016-17.

The de­pot sprawls over 2 acres helps and buses ply to Kalyan, Bhi­wandi, Pan­vel, Nashik, Satara and San­gli among other places. The civic body, which has been plan­ning to de­velop the sta­tion area and im­prove traf­fic move­ment and park­ing, has now de­cided to shift the de­pot.

The move is a part of the Smart City pro­ject, which aims at un­clog­ging ar­eas and de­vel­op­ing them.

“There is a need to shift the de­pot as the buses cause con­ges­tion through­out the day. The sta­tion area is a mess with au­torick­shaws, pri­vate ve­hi­cles and hawk­ers seated and buses ply­ing

con­tin­u­ously. We urge chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis to help us in the pro­ject,” said San­deep Gaikar, chair­man of stand­ing com­mit­tee, KDMC.

Com­muters, who now have a seam­less travel as the de­pot is right out­side the sta­tion, will have to travel fur­ther to reach the de­pot.

The pro­ject would only be im­ple­mented af­ter MSRTC gives its con­sent. “Un­less the au­thor­i­ties de­cide on the de­pot, it would con­tinue func­tion­ing at the cur­rent lo­ca­tion,” said an of­fi­cer from Kalyan ST de­pot.

The de­pot, which is more than 50 years old, has around 295 work­ers man­ag­ing around 70 buses. “The place to shift the de­pot is yet to be fi­nalised. There are sev­eral pro­ce­dures to be car­ried out for the pro­ject,” said E Ravendi­ran, KDMC com­mis­sioner.

The shift­ing of de­pot from the sta­tion area will be a ma­jor re­lief for the traf­fic depart­ment as it has been strug­gling to man­age the in­creas­ing con­ges­tion.

“Buses com­ing from across the state cause ma­jor con­ges­tion on the road. Of­ten buses are stuck at the sta­tion road which leads to heavy traf­fic jam,” said Vi­jay Shinde, se­nior traf­fic po­lice in­spec­tor, Kalyan.

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

The ST bus de­pot in Kalyan (West) sees 70,000 pas­sen­ger daily.

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