Thane Municipal Transport’s scraps loss-making AC bus to Mantralayacities Updated: Feb 03, 2018 00:55 IST
TMT started the AC bus service after BEST stopped its service(Praful Gangurde)
The Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) will shut down its air-conditioned bus services to Mantralaya from today owing to a poor response and losses.
The decision to discontinue the service was taken in the transport committee meeting held on Friday. The members blamed the services were in the red as the TMC did not spread the word about them. Now, commuters will have to depend on non-air conditioned BEST services on the same route.
Sandeep Malvi, TMT manager, said, “It is true that merely 10 to 15 passengers commute from this bus per round. Following the demand from the committee members, we will shut down the service from Saturday.”
\With the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking discontinuing AC bus services between Thane and Mumbai, the Thane Municipal Transport has decided to start one such service from Cadbury junction to Mantralay one-and-a-half months ago.
Taqui Cheulkar, TMT committee member, said, “Four services between Cadbury bus stop and Mantralaya were introduced in the morning and evening. There are hardly any commuters for these services. The corporation earned a paltry Rs1,200, while expenses were Rs5,000 on maintenance of these buses. We have demanded that the services be diverted to a more profitable route.”
Rajendra Mahadik, another committee member, alleged that the bus service was not publicised enough.
TMC committee chairman Anil Bhor said the services would have got a better response, had they been operated from Ghodbunder where many commuters are demanding a direct bus service to Mumbai.
This bus operated at 8 am and 4.30 pm from Thane and 10am and 6pm from Mantralaya. Thane residents who wished to avoid going to the station and catch the rush hour local usually availed these AC bus services.