We may soon see Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) buses zipping along the roads of Mumbai. But this will happen only if Navi Mumbai passengers want it.
The state transport authority will conduct a passenger survey to decide the course of action, said V Y Amdekar, the head of BEST’s transport department.
Though modalities are still being fine tuned, sources in the BEST’s transport department indicated that passengers travelling to the city from Navi Mumbai will have to fill out a form.
Sources disclosed that passengers would be asked about their most-preferred route, and bus frequency, among other details.
According to NMMT officials, they want to operate direct services from Navi Mumbai areas like Vashi and Nerul to Nariman Point, Colaba and Borivli.
The new BEST chairman, Sanjay Potnis, disclosed that the undertaking was not only keen to tie up not just with NMMT but also Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation and the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Transport buses.
“We have to study the routes that they want to ply along,” he said, adding, “interests of BEST passengers will also be kept in mind”.
Presently, the longest route in BEST’s operations is bus number 524. It runs from Borivli East to Vashi covering a distance of 44 km in about two hours. The fare for that route is Rs 22.