In 6 months, travel in city on sin­gle ticket WHAT TO EX­PECT Par­ties back to woo­ing Sidhu, AAP of­fers deputy CM’s post REKINDLED IN­TER­EST

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Manasi Phadke manasi.phadke@hin­dus­tan­ Chitleen K Sethi and Vishal Ram­bani let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­

A sin­gle ticket for all modes of trans­port in the city in the next six months — that is the tar­get set by the Deven­dra Fad­navis-led state govern­ment to in­tro­duce the much-dis­cussed and de­layed con­cept.

Speak­ing at an in­ter­ac­tion with the Hin­dus­tan Times news­room on Thurs­day, the chief min­is­ter said, “A chief sec­re­tary-led com­mit­tee is work­ing on it, but I am sure we will have a sin­gle-ticket sys­tem in the next six months. Ini­tially, it will have some prob­lems, let’s say, it will work in lim­ited ar­eas, but ul­ti­mately as the city’s Metro net­work ex­pands ev­ery three to six months, so will the sin­glet­ick­et­ing sys­tem.”

The sys­tem is ex­pected to in­te­grate all ex­ist­ing and pro­posed trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dors of Mum­bai – the city’s sub­ur­ban rail­way sys­tem, Bri­han­mum­bai Elec­tric Sup­ply and Trans­port (BEST) bus ser­vices, the Chem­bur-WadalaJa­cob Cir­cle mono­rail and the city’s Metro net­work.

Fad­navis said the net­work is planned in a cir­cu­lar man­ner so that all routes, whether on the east, west, north or the south of the city, will be in­te­grated and peo­ple will have a pub­lic trans­port so­lu­tion to travel any­where in Mum­bai.

“On your mo­bile phone, if you se­lect the Vi­rar to Navi Mum­bai route, it will of­fer you a so­lu­tion with spe­cific di­rec­tions say­ing from one point to an­other you take the sub­ur­ban rail­way, there­after you will get a Metro, from there you will get a bus. If we of­fer an endto-end so­lu­tion, and if pub­lic trans­port has enough place to sit or stand, I think peo­ple will pre­fer to use pub­lic trans­port in Mum­bai,” the chief min­is­ter said.

Po­lit­i­cal pun­dits had al­most writ­ten off crick­eter-turned-politi­cian Navjot Sidhu as a game-changer in the Pun­jab polls, but the former Test opener is now fac­ing a prob­lem of plenty with both the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of­fer­ing him deals.

Sources close to Sidhu said AAP has of­fered him the post of deputy chief min­is­ter if the party comes to power, be­sides two min­is­te­rial berths and five MLA tick­ets — in­clud­ing one for his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu — to his newly formed out­fit, the Awaaz-e-Pun­jab.

Though the claim was de­nied by Ankit Lal, who heads AAP’s in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy wing, none of the other party lead­ers in the state wanted to com­ment on the mat­ter.

The Congress, for its part, of­fered Sidhu a Lok Sabha seat, six as­sem­bly seats to his out­fit, and a cab­i­net berth for his wife were the party to win.

While AAP sent its na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion-build­ing in-charge Durgesh Pathak to strike a deal with Sidhu on Wed­nes­day evening, the Congress re­port­edly got in touch with him through se­nior leader Ghu­lam Nabi Azad the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

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