Im­proved NMMT ups earn­ings

IN THREE MONTHS Trans­port body gains by in­creas­ing its fleet of buses, re­duc­ing ex­penses and giv­ing bet­ter ser­vice

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

The Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT), that has been bleed­ing for years is fi­nally wit­ness­ing a turn­around in its for­tunes.

The past three months, since mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe took over, have wit­nessed a sig­nif­i­cant spurt in its rev­enue, re­duc­tion in losses and in­crease in the ser­vices.

In 2015, from May to July, 8,604 buses were ply­ing on the road. There has been a sig­nif­i­cant rise of 12.9% in the num­ber of buses in the past three months. The fleet has in­creased to 9,881.

In the same pe­riod last year, the buses had run 26.85 lakh km. This year in the three month pe­riod, the buses ran 30.41 km show­ing an in­crease of 11.7 %.

This has re­sulted in an in­crease of 9% in rev­enue from Rs8.92 crore to Rs9.80 crore.

There has also been a re­duc­tion in the ex­penses by 9.1%. The per kilo­me­tre cost from May to July last year was Rs53.66 which has now come down to Rs49.17.

The per kilo­me­tre loss dur­ing the pe­riod last year was Rs12.18 per km which has come down to Rs9.11 per km, a drop of 33.7%.

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van said, “The de­ci­sion taken by the com­mis­sioner since he took charge on May 2, have had a two-way ef­fect on NMMT’s for­tunes. It has wit­nessed an in­crease in rev­enue while its losses have re­duced. The over­all ef­fi­ciency has im­proved which has ul­ti­mately ben­e­fited the res­i­dents in a big way.”

He said, “This has been pos­si­ble be­cause the com­mis­sioner laid stress on the dis­ci­pline amongst the of­fi­cials and per­son­nel. Ac­tion was taken against ab­sen­teeism and lethargy at work. Bio­met­ric at­ten­dance was ini­ti­ated for field per­son­nel too. A sys­tem of daily checks was in­tro­duced.”

He added, “Per­son­nel have been posted at im­por­tant bus ter­mi­nals dur­ing peaks hours to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to pas­sen­gers and help them have a com­fort­able jour­ney. Five new ser­vices have also been started af­ter tak­ing into ac­count the de­mand from res­i­dents. Eight loss-mak­ing bus routes were dis­con­tin­ued and changes were made in other routes to pro­vide ef­fi­cient ser­vice.”

With the help of World Bank ex­perts, spe­cial train­ing pro­grammes were or­gan­ised for the driv­ers, They were trained in proper en­gine man­age­ment and their driv­ing style was also im­proved. The train­ing will be con­tin­ued in the fu­ture too.

A group of se­nior NMMT of­fi­cials has been formed un­der NMMT gen­eral man­ager Shirish Arad­wad. The group has been asked to sug­gest and im­ple­ment in­no­va­tive ideas to re­duce the cost of the trans­port body and boost its rev­enue. With the help of RTO, spe­cial drives are also be­ing con­ducted to curb il­le­gal pas­sen­ger trans­porta­tion.

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