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

NAVI MUM­BAI: The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port has ini­ti­ated a unique way to get more pas­sen­gers in its short dis­tance routes. You can now show your hand to stop the bus. The move comes in with an aim to make the un­der­tak­ing prof­itable and more pas­sen­gers friendly. “One need not go to a bus stop to catch a bus. Wave your hand and stop a bus. The ini­tia­tive is only on short dis­tance routes,” said an of­fi­cial.

The city fi­nally got a hy­brid bus on Mon­day. The bus will start ply­ing from Vashi rail­way sta­tion to Ma­hape. Depend­ing on the re­sponse, it will be in­tro­duced on other routes.

Routes yield­ing very low rev­enue have been stopped. “We have stopped five routes which were yield­ing low rev­enue which are bus num­bers 32, 33 and 37 that ply in Nerul and 82, 84 in Airoli. The buses were not earn­ing even the ba­sic per km of Rs42 in case of a midi bus and Rs55 for stan­dard bus,” said Sabu Daniel, chair­man of NMMT.

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