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NAVI-MUMBAIKARS SOON TO COMMUTE TO MUMBAI IN AIR-CONDITIONED NMMT BUSES

After the long-wait and years of planning, the NMMT is all set to commence its air-conditioned bus services to Mumbai, from the first week of July, a service which has been largely sought after by the city residents. Shivam rai gives us the details on this 52 Crore project. The NMMT will be commencing it’s bus services to Mumbai very soon, as informed by the NMMT transport Manager, Jitendra Papalkar. He also informed about the project consisting of about 150 buses in all, as sanctioned by the Central Government’s scheme, JNNURM. The entire project will cost about Rs. 52 Crores., out of which 35% will be contributed by the Central Government, 15% by the Govt. Of Maharashtra, and 50% to be borne by the NMMT itself. The fleet of 150 buses will include 10 Ashok Leyland Air conditioned buses, 120 semi-low floor (C.N.G.) buses and 20 Air-conditioned Volvo buses. Initially 6 buses will be tested for route, numbered as 105, commuting between CBD Belapur and Bandra with duration of 25-30 minutes each. All the buses will be air-conditioned and the ticket will cost Rs. 45 each. Currently, the NMMT is expecting a full occupancy of the buses on the route. The buses will also be commuting to Dadar, Andheri and Byculla, from CBD in the near future, as planned by the NMMT. The long awaited project is expected to be inaugurated in the first week of July and NMMT will increase the frequency of services once the results show positive.

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