The transport corporations of Thane and Navi Mumbai are embroiled in a quarrel over permission for Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) buses to ply in Navi Mumbai.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) has been served an ultimatium by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) seeking to allow TMT buses to ply in Navi Mumbai or else it would not allow NMMT buses to enter Thane.
This decision was taken by the general body of the TMC, after repeated requests for starting TMT services to Navi Mumbai failed to yield any results, despite NMMT operating buses in Thane. This clash between TMT and NMMT is bound to create inconvenience for their commuters.
In the general body meeting late last week, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Subhash Bhoir raised the matter and after a discussion the leader of the house, Rajendra Sapte proposed a ban on the entry of NMMT buses into Thane.
The proposal was unanimously supported and the mayor declared that if NMMT failed to give permission within eight days, its buses would not be allowed inside Thane. "We have decided to give eight days time to NMMT to rethink the issue or they should be prepared to stay away from Thane," said Mayor Rajan Vichare.
TMC allows out of city transport companies to provide passenger services in its jurisdiction, on the condition that permission for its services will be granted whenever needed.
The issue was first highlighted in 2002 by Shiv Sena's Thane district Deputy Chief Naresh Mhaske who staged a raasta roko (road block). According to Mhaske, TMT authorities have been trying to convince NMMT authorities since then and had even warned them of cancelling permission to enter Thane, but without any success.
Chairman of TMT committee Suresh Mohite said that at present they just want permission to start service on the Mumbra-Vashi route because of increasing demands by residents of Mumbra. "Instead of creating hurdles, NMMT should consider granting permission," Mohite said.
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