TMT pro­poses 24-hr bus ser­vice only for women

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: To en­sure safe pub­lic trans­port for women com­muters, Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port is con­tem­plat­ing start­ing ded­i­cated women bus ser­vices at all hours in the city.

The de­ci­sion comes in the wake of a cir­cu­lar sent by the state govern­ment to the trans­port de­part­ment. TMT man­ager Sud­hir Raut said, “We will put up a pro­posal be­fore the trans­port com­mit­tee. The en­tire process will take al­most eight months for im­ple­men­ta­tion.”

The ser­vices will start at both prof­itable as well as de­serted routes which pose a threat for women com­muters.

The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion has three spe­cial buses for women, which op­er­ate from Thane sta­tion to Vrun­da­van So­ci­ety, Pawar Na­gar and Khare­gaon. The first two op­er­ate in the morn­ing while the Khare­gaon bus op­er­ates in the even­ing. Gen­eral buses also have 33 per cent reser­va­tion for women.

Raut added, “The tim­ing of the buses is linked to the ladies spe­cial lo­cal of the Cen­tral Rail­way. We did not get much re­sponse for these routes as the buses ply empty most of the time. If we want to in­tro­duce ded­i­cated ser­vices, we need to plan the routes prop­erly and also cre­ate aware­ness among women re­gard­ing the sched­ule of these buses.”

The trans­port body will study the num­ber of com­muters on each of the routes and find out which routes have more women com­muters. They will also study the routes’ fi­nan­cial as­pects.

The Thane trans­port body has 318 buses. How­ever, only 180 op­er­ate at any given time.

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