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Navi Mumbai transport body to launch app-based cabs, build depots

The NMMT, which has 476 buses in its fleet, has made a provision for Rs4 lakh in its budget to appoint a consultant for the same.

mumbai Updated: Feb 08, 2018 00:48 IST
G Mohiuddin Jeddy
G Mohiuddin Jeddy
Hindustan Times
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Last year, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had given a grant of Rs143 crore to the NMMT.(Bachchan Kumar/Hindustan Times)

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) is planning to provide an app-based taxi service, along the lines of cab aggregators like Ola and Uber, for the convenience of commuters.

The NMMT, which has 476 buses in its fleet, has made a provision for Rs4 lakh in its budget to appoint a consultant for the same.

The NMMT budget for 2018-19 was presented to the NMMT committee by the administration on Tuesday. The proposed budget is expecting to generate a revenue of at Rs333.11 crore. The total expenditure has been estimated at Rs333.4 crore, leaving a surplus of Rs6,75,000.

According to NMMT general manager, Shirish Aradwad, “The budget proposes an expenditure of Rs78 crore for the development of a commercial complex at Vashi bus depot. A further allocation of Rs10 crore has been made for electric buses from the earlier allocation, taking the total allocation to Rs20 crore.”

Last year, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had given a grant of Rs143 crore to the NMMT. “This year, we have asked them to increase the grant to Rs152 crore. Rs2 crore has also been allocated each for repairs of the bus depots and stops at CBD, Turbhe, and Airoli,” he said.

A total of 10 Tejaswini buses have been proposed exclusively for women, said Aradwad.“These will be driven by women drivers. CCTV cameras will be installed in them,” he said.

The budget has also proposed increase in the pay scale of workers, gratuity, incentive allowance, and so on. The committee approved a proposal to make permanent around 180 personnel. The budget will now be sent to the standing committee, which could make further changes and then send it to the NMMC general body for final approval.”

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 00:48 IST