Panvel Municipal Council awaits central government nod to start bus service in the area

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 12:31pm IST | Place: Panvel | Agency: DNA

Panvel Municipal Council’s (PMC) bus service will soon be reality as the proposal is now awaiting the central government’s nod.

A separate bus service in the region had been a long pending demand of the residents and the council has been working on it aggressively. In the absence of a separate bus service in the region, commuters have been forced to travel in three-wheelers or six-seater autos.

PMC is planning to introduce a bus service with a fleet of 140 buses including, 14 mini-buses, 42 regular buses and 48 non-AC buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. The central government’s approval is necessary to buy buses under the scheme.

“Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has agreed to the proposal of a bus service in the region and the project has been sent to the central government,” said Faheem Shaikh, transport planner of PMC and a senior representative of Automech Engineers & Consultants.

MMRDA is the nodal agency for the UIDSSMT project and after scrutiny, the project was forwarded to the central government for fund approval.

The total cost of the project is around Rs57 crore. The central government will contribute Rs33.36 crore, while the state government and PMC will pay Rs10.28 crore and Rs13.82 crore, respectively, as project costs.

“Though the PMC is a 150-year-old municipal body, it had failed to introduce a bus transport system in the node,” said a commuter. Currently, about 1,000 ST buses from all over Maharashtra halt at Panvel daily, and 16 mail and express trains halt at Panvel station. The lack of a bus service in old Panvel limits is inconvenient for commuters.

The consultant also decided the route on which the new PMC buses will run. “There will be 31 routes initially. Later, the number of routes will be increased as per the requirement,” said Shaikh.

A bus service for the masses
Panvel Municipal Council’s (PMC) bus service will soon be reality as the proposal is now awaiting the central government’s nod.

In the absence of a separate bus service in the region, commuters have been forced to travel in three-wheelers or six-seater autos

PMC is planning to introduce a bus service with a fleet of 140 buses including, 14 mini-buses, 42 regular buses and 48 non-AC buses under the JNNURM scheme.


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