The authorities are being vigilant enough to sort peoples’ problems but it seems people are not very observant when it comes to noticing their initiatives. Something of this sort happened in the Turbhe region.
The node was lacking services to stations, following which, a new service was started two months back for the commuters who wanted to travel toward Vashi depot. After this service, people did not have to spend Rs50 to 60 on an autorickshaw to reach their destination as bus No10 was there to drop them till their destinations.
There are buses from Vashi station toward Ghansoli, Koparkhairane and Airoli, as there are more commuters and the service is also profitable to Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT). The new bus No10, on the contrary, is available only after 20 to 25 minutes as NMMT is not getting a good response. As it turns out, people are unaware about the service, which is why very few people are travelling by this bus.
Apart from bus No10, there are mini and midi ring route buses which have also been made available since two to three months. These buses were previously moving only on the main road.
There were 263 ordinary buses, out of which 26 buses have been scrapped and remaining 237 are on the road.
Anwar Shaikh, the NMMT chairman, said, “We have planned 35 new buses, out of which ten mini buses and eight midi buses have already hit the road and remaining will start plying shortly.”
Currently, there are 30 Volvo AC buses which are on road, at present.
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has sanctioned a loan for more than 50 AC buses. There are AC buses available from Kharghar to Borivli, CBD-Belapur to Bandra and from Nerul to Mantralaya or Dadar.
“The buses which will be introduced will be ring route buses and the services of buses which are already on roads is unknown to people so we are not getting desirable response,” said Shaikh.
A Turbhe resident said, “I am a vegetable vendor and used to go to APMC market by an autorickshaw, but it was unaffordable. But now, I can travel unhesitatingly as buses are easily available.”
Another resident said, “Due to lack of frequency of buses I used to take my daughter to school by a rickshaw and spend more money but now constant frequency of buses has released me from such worries.”
Mapping the route
Bus No10 will start from Turbhe station and then will halt at sector 20-Mathadi Bhavan-APMC Police station-RTO sector 26-Blue Diamond hotel-Juhugaon-Municipal Hospital-Sainath Hindi High School-Vashi depot-St Lawrence School-Truck terminal Marg-APMC and back to Turbhe.