NMMT checks, re­pairs buses to en­sure smooth ride

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: Com­muters can ex­pect a has­sle-free jour­ney this mon­soon as the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT) is con­duct­ing their an­nual pre­mon­soon check­ing and re­pair drive. The trans­port wing of the civic body will con­duct check­ing, re­pair­ing and main­te­nance of the buses, train­ing the driv­ers and con­duc­tors to deal with break­downs, train­ing staff to man the helpline num­bers dur­ing the mon­soon.

As a part of the prepa­ra­tions, which started at the be­gin­ning of the month, en­gi­neer­ing staff are con­duct­ing an in­spec­tion of all the buses to check if there are any tech­ni­cal glitches and to en­sure no break­downs hap­pen dur­ing the mon­soon.

“We are in­spect­ing all the 432 buses in lots and have al­ready com­pleted most of the work. Around 80-90 buses in­clud­ing stan­dard and AC buses have been brought in for re­pair at the work­shop in this month to avoid any kinds of dis­rup­tions and fail­ures dur­ing the rainy sea­son,” said Sabu Daniel, chair­man of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port.

Of­fi­cials ex­plained that dur­ing the in­spec­tion process, check­ing of tyres, brakes, bus wipers, leak­age works, and lights and win­dow re­pair fit­ting is done. To tackle com­muter’s com­plaints and emer­gency break­downs dur­ing the mon­soon, the NMMT also launched a 24X7 toll-free num­ber, 1800- 2674747 in 2014. Of­fi­cials said that around 150 calls were reg­is­tered on the num­ber dur­ing the last two mon­soons.

The same helpline num­ber will be launched this year for aid­ing the pas­sen­gers. “We will start the toll free helpline from June 15 on­wards to pro­vide as­sis­tance to pas­sen­gers and give in­for­ma­tion about bus tim­ings and sched­ules,” said Shirish Arad­wad, trans­port man­ager, NMMT. The same as­sis­tance will also be pro­vided om the Turbhe NMMT con­trol room num­ber, 27841828. “Once the mon­soon starts we will pub­li­cize the num­bers by putting up posters on all NMMT buses,” added the of­fi­cial.

Reg­u­lar pas­sen­gers of the

civic trans­port buses how­ever said that th­ese de­spite prepa­ra­tions, there are break­downs and other prob­lems ev­ery year dur­ing the mon­soon.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The NMMT will be­come the first pub­lic trans­port body to op­er­ate a hy­brid bus in the coun­try.

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