TMT proposes 24-hr bus service only for women
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.