PMC bus ser­vice de­layed fur­ther

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

The Union govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to dis­con­tinue JNNURM scheme and start Amrut Yo­jana has hit the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil’s plans hard with its plans for its own bus ser­vice run­ning into trou­ble.

The PMC was all set to get Rs54 crore un­der JNNURM to start its own bus ser­vice. How­ever, un­der Amrut Yo­jana it will get only Rs27 crore.

This will de­lay the plans for an early start of the bus ser­vice.

In 2008, the then PMC pres­i­dent Prashant Thakur, who is now Pan­vel MLA, had for­warded to the cen­tral govern­ment a res­o­lu­tion he had got ap­proved by PMC, for the coun­cil to have its own bus ser­vice. In 2014, Rs54 crore had been sanc­tioned by the cen­tral govern­ment un­der JNNURM.

This had raised hopes of the res­i­dents. A PMC of­fi­cial said, “The Rs54 crore were to be spent on con­struc­tion of bus de­pot and pur­chase of mini, midi and stan­dard buses for the ser­vice. The PMC too was to con­trib­ute to­wards the cost.”

He added, “PMC had even ap­pointed Delhi-based UMTC as a con­sul­tant for it but the govern­ment at the Cen­tre changed.”

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, “The PMC was to get the Rs54 crore in March 2015. The cen­tral govern­ment an­nounced that it was re­plac­ing JNNURM with Amrut Yo­jana, giv­ing a jolt to the PMC.”

He added, “It is learnt that only Rs27 crore will be given in­stead of Rs54 crore. The PMC now faces a her­culean task of get­ting the rest of the fund to en­sure the project sees the light of day.”

The Nerul po­lice have ar­rested two peo­ple for al­legedly rob­bing a 36-year-old man of cash, mo­bile phone and jewellery col­lec­tively worth Rs1.08 lakh on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Sushilku­mar Sharma, a na­tive of Hi­machal Pradesh, had come to the city to look for a job.

The sus­pects ac­costed him at Shir­vane and snatched his cash and other valu­ables.

“Sharma said one of the rob­bers was phys­i­cally chal­lenged. We started our in­ves­ti­ga­tion and ze­roed on the sus­pects within a few hours,” said Vikram Tharkar, po­lice subin­spec­tor from Nerul po­lice sta­tion.

The ar­rested men have been iden­ti­fied as Ga­janand Wankhade, 20, and Ga­janand Kale, 21, both res­i­dents of Nerul. They have been booked un­der sec­tions 394 and 34 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.

“We have re­cov­ered the stolen goods from them,” Tharkar said.

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