NMMT to ply 20 new midi-buses from May

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Com­mut­ing by Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT) buses will be­come more con­ve­nient.

The civic trans­port body an­nounced that they have pro­cured 20 new midi-buses this week. The buses are now lying at the Ghan­soli de­pot and are slated for reg­is­tra­tion with the Re­gional Trans­port Of­fice, af­ter which, it will be plied on the road.

Of­fi­cials said that ac­cord­ing to the plan, the buses will start ply­ing from May 1 on­wards mostly on in­ter-city roads.

“We are go­ing to run most of th­ese buses on the ring route ser­vices as there is a high de­mand for it in ar­eas like Vashi, Kopar Khairane , Be­la­pur, Kharghar, Taloja, Road­pali, Ghan­soli. We will have a meet­ing next week and the ex­act routes and du­ra­tion of th­ese buses will be chalked out de­pend­ing upon the ex­ist­ing ser­vices and com­muter’s de­mands,” said Sabu Daniel, chair­man of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port.

The NMMT re­ceived th­ese midi-buses as part of the sixty buses it is slated to re­ceive un­der the scheme. All the 60 buses were sup­posed to ar­rive last year. Since there was a de­lay in the man­u­fac­tur­ing process, the first lot of the buses have been de­liv­ered first. The rest of the 40 buses is slated to ar­rive in an­other six months.

Com­muters said that although it is a good news that the trans­port body will be soon be adding more ser­vices, the au­thor­i­ties should also main­tain the ex­ist­ing and the new buses.

“Many of the NMMT’s ear­lier buses are not main­tained well and they have bro­ken win­dow panes and torn seats. Along with the new buses, they should also re­pair the old ones for bet­ter con­ve­nience of the com­muters,” said Shristi Dhaval, 29, a res­i­dent of Nerul.

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