From to­day, take NMMT bus from Pan­vel to Karan­jade

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

Ful­fill­ing the de­mand of Pan­vel res­i­dents, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT) has de­cided to start bus ser­vices from Pan­vel to Karan­jade vil­lage from Fri­day.

The 41km dis­tance will be cov­ered in eigh­teen min­utes and the fre­quency will also be the same — eigh­teen min­utes. The new ser­vice will be avail­able from Pan­vel rail­way sta­tion to the end of Karan­jade Gaon, a se­nior NMMT of­fi­cial said.

The first ser­vice from Pan­vel rail­way sta­tion is at 6.42am while the last ser­vice is at 8.40pm. Sim­i­larly, from Karan­jade, the first ser­vice is at 7am and the last ser­vice is at 9pm.

The res­i­dents of Pan­vel and the com­muter wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion, Citizens Unity Fo­rum (CUF) had been de­mand­ing the NMMT of­fi­cials to pro­vide more buses.

“Tak­ing the in­con­ve­nience of the com­muters into con­sid­er­a­tion, we had planned to start the ser­vices in De­cem­ber last year. How­ever, it was post­poned ow­ing to some man­age­ment is­sues. Now, it will be started from Fri­day,” said one NMMT of­fi­cial.

In Novem­ber last year, the NMMT started a ring route in Pan­vel be­tween Pan­vel sta­tion and Sai Na­gar, which re­ceived a huge re­sponse from com­muters. This is their sec­ond ser­vice in Pan­vel af­ter that.

“The NMMT is will­ing to start more ser­vices in Pan­vel but a lack of man­power poses a hur­dle. How­ever, we are happy that they fi­nally lis­tened to our re­quests,” said Arun Bhise, se­nior mem­ber, CUF.

Sirish Aradwar, gen­eral man­ager of NMMT, said, “We are now run­ning a to­tal of 360 buses in­clud­ing 70 air-con­di­tioned ones on 48 routes. This num­ber is 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.”

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

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