NMC’s Transport Departmentplanning to popularise Green busses, issue passes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Feb 2018 09:45:50


 

Staff Reporter,

20 more busses joined the fleet on premium routes

The Transport Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning to issue regular passes for Green Bus service to attract commuters in the city.
Shivaji Jagtap, Transport Manager of NMC told The Hitavada, “There is no rule to issue passes for Green Bus service in the city yet. However, transport department will put the proposal of passes to students and senior citizens during the Transport Committee meeting which will be held on February 16.”


While launching the first ethanol-run bus in the city on a pilot basis, Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari urged citizen to use public transport and specially Green buses for the sake of environment.
Four states Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will be the major beneficiaries from this project as they produce ethanol in large quantities and Gadkari selected Nagpur to initiate the project.


After three years its launch on trial basis, the transport department is struggling to attract commuters, hence they are planning to issue passes to students and senior citizens.
Green bus service is comes under premium transport service in the city. The maintenance of these buses are 65 per cent higher than diesel-run buses. If a person is paying Rs 10 per seat in regular busses then green bus charges Rs 16 per seat.


“From the beginning we took trial of these buses on just couple of routes. Now we have 25 buses that regularly running on Defence, Butibori, Hingna, Kalmeshwar, Pardi, Kamptee-Kanhan and Khaparkheda routes. Hence, we are working on to start regular passes for students and senior citizens and hopefully will continue these passes from April 1 this year,” Jagtap revealed.


Swedish bus maker Scania is handling the maintenance part of these buses in their MIDC based workshop. The company also ready with the actual plan for the ethanol fuel station. NMC has already sanctioned the land for two fuel stations in Wadi area and soon the construction will also start, Jagtap informed.