TMC will take a year to roll out 50 more buses for women Man at­tacked with weapons, robbed by three in Bhi­wandi

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

The twin cities of Kalyan and Dom­bivli must have slated to start ded­i­cated civic buses for women within the next two months, how­ever, its neigh­bour­ing Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion will re­quire over a year to start this ser­vice.

The TMC has pro­posed to start 50 ded­i­cated buses for women com­muters by next year.

The state in its bud­get had de­clared 300 ded­i­cated buses for women com­muters called Te­jaswini buses. The 300 buses were for six mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions in­clud­ing KalyanDom­bivli, Navi Mum­bai, Pune, Nag­pur, Mum­bai and Thane. The state had made a pro­vi­sion for Rs50 crore for the same.

KDMT plans to start the ser­vice in two months. The TMT said it will take around a month for the ser­vice to be op­er­a­tional.

A TMT of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity, said, “We have made a pro­posal for buy­ing 50 buses un­der this scheme. The state had asked us to send a pro­posal for the same, which is now ready. The cor­po­ra­tion will re­quire Rs7 crore to buy the buses, the ex­pen­di­ture on the salary of the driver and con­duc­tor will be Rs29.70 lakh, Rs5.80 lakh for diesel and so on. We will need around Rs115 crore to im­ple­ment this project.”

The trans­port also pro­poses to con­struct toi­lets for women near 14 bus stops.

The pro­posal for start­ing women’s buses was put be­fore the trans­port com­mit­tee of the TMC which was ap­proved. The pro­posal will now be tabled be­fore the gen­eral body to be held on Satur­day for ap­proval.

“Once ap­proved by the gen­eral body, it will be sent to the Cen­tre for ap­proval. The Cen­tre will ap­prove and al­lot the funds. We will then have to in­vite ten­ders, buy the buses and study the routes where th­ese buses can be op­er­ated. The whole process will take any­where over a year,” said the of­fi­cial.

The services will start at the profitable and also the de­serted routes, which pose a safety threat for women com­muters at night or dur­ing odd hours.

A 40-year-old man from Bhi­wandi was at­tacked by three un­known peo­ple and looted of Rs 7 lakh cash on Wed­nes­day.

The vic­tim had planned to de­posit the money in the bank that even­ing, but got held up with work. Fear­ing a rob­bery, he de­cided to carry the money home and was at­tacked on his way.

The po­lice are yet to iden­tify the three ac­cused, and are go­ing through their net­work to know more about the case.

The vic­tim, Saty­narayan Pil­a­ma­ram, had been run­ning a money trans­fer shop in Bhi­wandi since the last 20 years.

On Wed­nes­day night at around 10.30pm, when Pil­a­ma­ram was go­ing home af­ter lock­ing up his shop, three un­known peo­ple hold­ing sharp weapons sur­rounded him near Balaji Gym, at Pad­mana­gar in Bhi­wandi.

When he asked the trio to move, the gang abused and beat him up, and one of them snatched the bag from his hand.

A rel­a­tive of the vic­tim, Manohar Konka, 32, said, “My un­cle was head­ing home when the in­ci­dent took place and his house is hardly 500 me­tres from the shop. Af­ter in­jur­ing my un­cle and tak­ing the cash bag from him, all three ac­cused fled from the spot on their bike which was parked nearby. Not a sin­gle per­son in­ter­vened or is even try­ing to give state­ment to the po­lice”.

“We were wait­ing for my un­cle to come home when we got a call from po­lice in­form­ing us about the in­ci­dent and rushed to the spot. He was at­tacked more than seven to eight times and got 24 stiches, and has cut marks on his back, hands and legs,” added Konka.

Konka fur­ther said that when they asked Pil­a­ma­ram about the ac­cused, he told them that he had no­ticed them fol­low­ing him since the past cou­ple of days.

“We have got CCTV footages of the spot which have been handed over to the po­lice for in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

Di­nesh Katke, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Bhi­wandi city po­lice sta­tion, said, “We have got the his­tory sheeters’ de­tails and are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case. The un­known trio has been charged un­der sec­tion 397 (Rob­bery, or da­coity, with at­tempt to cause death or griev­ous hurt) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.”

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