NMC: Daily-wagers may get option to work for city bus service

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2017 11:45:42

Staff Reporter,

Drawing lesson from the recent flash strike by city bus staffers, Transport Committee has proposed to Municipal Commissioner to allow creation of reserved force of conductors by way of roping in daily-wage workers with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

Jitendra alias Bunty Kukde, Chairman of Transport Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), told reporters on Friday evening that he had discussed the proposal with Ashwin Mudgal, Municipal Commissioner. “There are many daily-wagers who are free after discharging their morning duties with NMC. Several of them utilise afternoon time to get some other employment and some even work with catering services. If interested, they may work as conductors in 3 pm to 10 pm shift,” he said.

According to Kukde, once Transport Department receives resume and applications from the interested daily-wagers, NMC will make arrangements for providing to them training regarding the job of a conductor in city bus service and also provide badges to selected candidates, said Kukde. This will create a reserved force of conductors, he added. Apart from this, as part of increased preparedness, all employees of Transport Department will be given training in bus duties.

Kukde told reporters that with five more Green buses inducted into city bus fleet on Friday, the total number of Green buses had increased to 10. Ten more Green buses will come by the end of this month. For the Green buses, three routes have been identified -- Sitabuldi to Swaminarayan Mandir, Deekshabhoomi to Dragon Palace Temple, Railway Station to Airport, he said.

It may be mentioned here that Green buses are fully air-conditioned, use green fuel, equipped with rear engine for jerk-free transport and automatic gear, have low-floored body, CCTV cameras, air-suspension, and are linked to vehicle tracking system.