NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation is witnessing an overwhelming and encouraging response from the passengers for its city bus service. The residents have expressed satisfaction over the clean buses and their punctuality. The city buses hit the road on 8th July 2021, and till date, 12 lakh passengers have travelled through the city buses. The corporation has managed to earn a whopping 2.5 crore till date.
As per the information provided by Milind Bund, General Manager, NMPML, at present, a total of 69 buses are covering the diverse city routes to provide quality service to the passengers. Out of the 69 buses, 45 diesel and 24 CNG buses are currently functional in the city.
He added that as schools are expected to reopen from 4th October, Nashik Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd. (NMPML), the public wing of NMC, will provide adequate services to school students depending on the demand. On being questioned about the special bus facility for females, he stated that the corporation hasn’t decided anything yet. Recently, NMPML introduced four news bus routes in the city, summing up the total city routes to 22. The four new routes introduced by the transport wing connect CBS in Nashik to Pimpri Sayyed, Saikheda, Mahadi, and Sukena.
Three drivers and eight conductors suspended
The corporation tracks all the buses through the GPS to check their functioning and control over speeding. The officials have suspended three drivers for overspeeding and eight conductors for irregular ticketing.
Bus service from Girnare to Nashik
Efforts of BJP taluka president Nitin Gaikar to start the NMC’s bus service at Girnare, Nashik Taluka, bore fruit, and the residents have expressed satisfaction over the corporation’s decision. Due to the pandemic, the bus services were stopped at Girnare. Residents and other villagers from surrounding villages had to rely on private transport services for travel. As a result, the residents requested for the city bus facility for their town.
Gaikar put forth the demand in front of the bus service officials, and the services from Nimani to Girnare and vice versa kick-started. The service will be available every half an hour, and the bus received an overwhelming response on day one itself. College students and working professionals felt elated as the bus service will provide travelling convenience to them. The senior citizens honoured the first bus driver and conductor with a shawl, coconut, and bouquet.