PMC’s bus ser­vice a re­al­ity soon?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­nus­tan­

PANVEL: The Panvel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (PMC) has stepped up ef­forts to launch bus ser­vices in the city un­der Ur­ban In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Scheme for Small and Medium Towns ( UIDSSMT).

UIDSSMT is one of the com­po­nents of Jawa­har­lal Nehru Na­tional Ur­ban Re­newal Mis­sion ( JNNURM) ini­ti­ated by the cen­tral govern­ment to pro­mote pub­lic trans­port fa­cili- ties and curb traf­fic con­ges­tion.

The PMC had pre­pared a pro­posal to this effect, which has been ap­proved at a spe­cial meet­ing. The civic body will now send this pro­posal to the state govern­ment, which will in turn send it to the cen­tral govern­ment for its nod.

Ac­cord­ing to the PMC pro­posal, plot num­bers 508 and 520 ad­mea­sur­ing 15 acres have been re­served for a bus de­pot. A bus ter­mi­nal will be built at Karan­jade. Around 30 bus routes have been iden­ti­fied in the pro­posal, with the short­est bus route be­ing 4km and long­est 52.7km.

The civic body has also has also pro­posed set­ting up an in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee to pre­pare and mon­i­tor park­ing poli­cies.

Res­i­dents of New Panvel, Kalamboli, Kamothe and Kharghar near Panvel city have long been de­mand­ing a bus ser­vice, which is sorely lack­ing in the lo­cal­ity, as they are rou­tinely fleeced by auto driv­ers.

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