NMMT buses may soon run on Mumbai’s roads

  By: Aditya Anand
   April 17, 2007


… but only if Navi Mumbai passengers want it; BEST will carry out a survey

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.

Q&A form

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.

Tie-ups

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.

One Response to “NMMT buses may soon run on Mumbai’s roads”

  1. binai Says:

    NMMT has been permitted to operate to Mumbai by the RTA. At the end of a survey conducted by them, passengers suggested 13 new routes for NMMT. NMMT would be sending 30 buses to Mumbai (as compared to BEST’s 220).
    http://in.news.yahoo.com/070705/48/6hqxz.html


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