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You’ll have to pay higher bus fares in Navi Mumbai from Wednesday

However, the air-conditioned bus fare has been reduced to attract commuters who use cab aggregators

mumbai Updated: Feb 06, 2018 16:07 IST
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
Hindustan Times
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While the rate for travel up to 12 km will remain unchanged in regular buses, beyond it, there will be a hike of Re 1 for the first stage, and up to Rs 6 for up to 40 km.(HT File Photo/ Used for representational purpose)

People who live and/or work in Navi Mumbai will have to pay more to travel by buses from Wednesday when the civic body-run Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport’s (NMMT) hike comes into effect.

The NMMT has raised the price of tickets for its regular buses, following a go-ahead from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA). The move is being initiated to cut the NMMT’s monthly losses, which touch around Rs3.5 crore.

NMMT’s numbers
  • NMMT has 476 buses. Of these there are 244 that run on diesel, 150 on CNG, 80 Volvo air conditioned buses and 2 hybrid buses.
  • The buses are run on 73 routes in Navi Mumbai and also in Mumbai, Thane, Dombivli, Kalyan, Badlapur, Panvel and Uran.
  • The buses collectively run 2,558 lakh km every month.
  • Based on the current ticket tariff, from April 2016 to March 2017, the monthly income was Rs 9.5 cr, which earns it Rs 39.61 per km. The NMMT’s monthly expense is Rs13.56 cr, so its cost per km is Rs. 52.96, so its monthly loss comes to Rs 3.5 cr, or Rs 13.35 per km.

While the rate for travel up to 12 km will remain unchanged in regular buses, beyond it, there will be a hike of Re 1 for the first stage, and up to Rs 6 for the 20th stage (of up to 40 km). The minimum fare on regular buses will stay the same at Rs7.

However, to encourage more commuters to use their air-conditioned buses rather than opt for private cab aggregators, the NMMT is slashing the rates of its AC buses. Thus, the minimum fare of Rs20 will be further reduced to Rs15, with a maximum reduction of Rs10 for further stages of the journey.

NMMT general manager Shirish Aradwad said: “Everything, from the cost of fuel, employee salaries, bus repair and maintenance to accidents, insurance, bus cleaning and toll tax have gone up. The transport body is incurring huge losses because of this.”

The fare hike
  • No fare hike for travel from 0 to 12 km in regular buses.
  • Reduction in AC bus fare.
  • 10% concession on return tickets on regular as well as AC buses. Tickets valid till midnight.
  • Buses running between 11 pm and 5 am will charge Limited service rates. The minimum fare for Limited service buses is Rs9, against the Rs7 in regular buses.

Aradwad said the NMMT has also been losing passengers in the AC bus service segment besides incurring high input and maintenance costs. “It’s an issue as other options such as Ola and Uber are available to commuters, which offer low fares,” he said.

In August 2017, the NMMT proposed a fare hike for regular buses and a reduction in AC bus fares. After the proposal was approved by the transport body committee and the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s general body, it was sent to the government for sanction. “The sanction was given at the MMRTA meeting on January 19. We will implement the hike from February 7,” Aradwad said.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 12:23 IST