KDMT to hire more driv­ers, con­duc­tors

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The mu­nic­i­pal transport said that it will in­crease its man­power by Septem­ber.

The KDMT will hire pri­vate agency on con­tract ba­sis which will pro­vide driv­ers and con­duc­tors. The de­part­ment has al­ready pub­lished an ad­ver­tise­ment and is wait­ing for pri­vate agen­cies to ap­ply.

The ten­der pro­ce­dure for hir­ing con­trac­tors will be com­pleted by July af­ter which the civic transport will start play­ing its 60 new buses from Septem­ber.

“As per the state gov­ern­ment or­ders, we have floated the ten­ders for hir­ing a pri­vate agency to pro­vide driv­ers and con­duc­tors. The pri­vate con­trac­tor will also look af­ter the main­te­nance and re­pair of the buses,” said a KDMT of­fi­cial.

The Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Transport (KDMT) had plans to im­prove its ser­vices and rev­enue af­ter adding 60 new buses to its fleet last Au­gust. But, it has failed.

Out of the 60 buses, only 23 are ply­ing. Although all the buses had been pressed into service, poor main­te­nance has grounded 22 buses. The KDMT has not been able to re­pair them.

The civic transport body is fac­ing loss of Rs2 lakh ev­ery day.

Twenty-two new buses are dam­aged. The buses have bro­ken win­dow­panes, de­funct bat­tery, dam­aged doors and tyres.

Fif­teen buses were shifted to Ganesh Ghat de­pot in Kalyan (West) and are lan­guish­ing with­out any re­pair. One of the ma­jor rea­sons for this is lack of man­power.

The KDMT has 570 em­ploy­ees — driv­ers, con­duc­tors, ad­min­is­tra­tion staff and work­ers at the de­pot. It needs 450 ad­di­tional driv­ers and 450 con­duc­tors.

The of­fi­cial added: “Soon af­ter the driv­ers and con­duc­tors are ap­pointed, we will start ply­ing all 60 buses from Au­gust. By Septem­ber, our newly added buses will im­prove the service and in­come of the de­part­ment.”

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