NASHIK: Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to start its bus service from next month. The trial of the bus service was started from Tuesday. The technical trial of a total of 10 buses was conducted on various routes of the city. The timing of these buses was registered in the ITMS system at the head office. Information about their halt at bus stands and the time they took to reach their destination was also taken. So far a total of 250 buses have arrived in Nashik city.
The trial of these buses was held in the city in February. After registration of many buses with the regional transport office, it was suggested to start bus service in April. However, the bus service could not start due to the second wave of Covid-19. As the second wave has subsided, efforts are being made to start the bus service next month. As Nashik Municipal Corporation will operate a total of 250 buses, the buses will reach every corner of the city.
Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation was operating only 125 to 130 buses in the city NMC will have a fleet of 300 buses, including the current 250 and 50 electric buses which will be received soon from the Centre. As buses in higher numbers will run in Nashik city, it seems that Nashikites would turn to public transport and the use of private vehicles would be reduced. Meanwhile, construction of depots at Tapovan and Nashik Road nears to completion.
The bus service would be started on Tapovan via Bardan Phata, district civil hospital, Satpur, Ashoknagar, Shramiknagar; Tapovan via Symbiosis college Pavannagar, Uttamnagar; Tapovan to Pathardi village via Dwarka, Nagji hospital, Indiranagar, Vanvaibhav; Shivaji Chowk, Lekha Nagar, Mhasrul, Borgad via Symbiosis college; Tapovan to Bhagur via Shalimar, Dwarka, Bytco, Deolali Camp; Nashik Road via Bardan Phata, Dwarka, College Road, Satpur VIP Carbon Naka via Bardan Phata; Nashik Road to Ambad via Dwarka, Lekhanagar and Garware point; Nashik Road via Nimani route, Jail Road, Sailani Baba, Nandurgaon, Nandur Naka, Tapovan and Nashik Road via Tapoval route Bytco, Dwarka, Shalimar, CBS and Panchavati.
There will be a total of 240 bus halts on these nine routes. It is under consideration to start the bus service from the first week of July and a detailed review will be taken on June 25. The training has been given to conductors and drivers. There is also a plan to start connecting bus service to Ojhar airport, Trimbakeshwar and Kasara local trains. It is also under consideration to prepare routes for Nashik darshan, Sula wines and boat club. It is also under consideration to construct a shopping mall in the campus of Tapovan and Nashik Road depot campus to increase the revenue of the Corporation.