NMC to hike bus fare by Rs 2

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jun 2018 09:53:03


Special Correspondent,

Public Transport Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has suggested to increase fare of ‘Aapli Bus’ service up to Rs two for the first stage. The present fare is Rs 8 for the first stage and the committee has proposed to increase it up to Rs 10.

The hike in the rates is around 25 per cent. The proposal will be discussed in the general body meeting of NMC slated in June. The rate of diesel has increased manifold and it is impossible for the civic body to maintain old fares of the buses.

Jitendra alias Bunty Kukde, Chairman of Public Transport Committee, said that the committee had suggested to increase the fares after September 2014 due to fluctuations in diesel prices. NMC has proposed hike in the bus fare after three years. In September 2014, diesel price was Rs 52 per liter. At present, a liter of diesel costs Rs 67. The jump of Rs 15 per liter in diesel is not sustainable for public transport. The current loss of buses is around Rs 66 crore and due to hike in diesel prices, the loss may mount in future.

NMC has 350 diesel buses and per day fuel consumption of these buses is around 21,000 liters. Every bus consumes around 60 liters of diesel per day. As per the consumption of buses, the total loss due to hike in diesel prices may cross Rs 3.15 lakh per day. The per month loss may increase by Rs 95 lakh and per annum loss may be around Rs 11.50 crore. The proposal to hike the fares will be discussed in general body meeting of NMC, Kukde added.
Tanaji Vanve, Leader of Opposition, has however opposed the move to increase city bus service fares. In a letter to Transport Committee Chairman, Vanve has demanded that the current fares be maintained.

NMC to buy 19 seater buses

The civic body will buy 19 seater small buses for the city. The operators will purchase 45 buses to increase fleet of public transport. Jitendra alias Bunty Kukde had introduced 30 seater small buses in the city to provide efficient public transport to citizens. Now, he has suggested to buy 30 seater small six electric ‘Tejaswini’ buses exclusively for women. In view of hike in diesel prices, it is necessary for public transport to switch over to eco-friendly buses run on electricity, bio-diesel, and ethanol, Kukde added.

Water ATMs for commuters

NMC will install five water ATMs for commuters at five bus stations namely Mor Bhavan, Maharajbag Road, Narsing Talkies, KDK College, and Pardi on pilot basis. These Water ATMs will be installed by a Swedish company. Twenty liters of chilled mineral water will be available for Rs 10 only. The company will maintain these ATMs. NMC may increase the number of ATMs upto 25 after considering the response.