Loss-mak­ing MBMT buses face dead end

The Free Press Journal - - STATE -

For, peo­ple liv­ing in the twincity, an ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­port sys­tem con­tin­ues to re­main a dis­tant dream. While the fate of ap­point­ing a pri­vate op­er­at­ing agency con­tin­ues to hang in bal­ance, the Mira Bhayan­dar Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (MBMT) au­thor­ity which op­er­ates the buses on its own strength — goes from bad to worse- due to the mount­ing losses in­curred by the civic body.

As per of­fi­cial statis­tics, the trans­port wing reg­is­ters an av­er­age ticket sale of Rs 1 crore per month, how­ever the ex­penses to­wards oper­a­tion, main­te­nance, fuel prices and wages cur­rently stand at Rs. 1.81 crore.

Con­se­quently the trans­port au­thor­ity is bur­dened with losses amount­ing Rs.81 lakh ev­ery month which trans­lates into cu­mu­la­tive an­nual losses of nearly Rs10 crore.

Apart from the cold shoul­der re­sponse by the civic body to­wards boost­ing the prospects of the loss mak­ing trans­port util­ity, no sig­nif­i­cant rise from ticket fare earn­ings have added to the woes. Apart from a steep hike in ex­penses to­wards man­power and main­te­nance, the cost of fuel has gone up from Rs.50 per liter in 2016 to Rs.70 in 2018. How­ever, thanks to the po­lit­i­cal un­will­ing­ness, fares have re­main static for the past sev­eral years. “De­spite be­ing aware of the ground re­al­i­ties, the high­erup’s have been de­lay­ing pay­ments needed each month to sub­si­dize the trans­port ser­vice,” re­vealed an of­fi­cer re­quest­ing anonymity.

With the lat­est ad­di­tion of air-con­di­tioned Volvos, the num­ber of buses with the pub­lic trans­port au­thor­ity has gone up to 57 in­clud­ing reg­u­lar and mini buses. How­ever with not more than 40 buses are ply­ing on roads as the ad-hoc ar­range­ments are des­per­ately in need of funds, skill to fine tune the much needed util­ity.

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