February 26, 2021, 2:56 PM

Nagpur Municipal Corporation

Nagpur Municipal Corporation 

Amidst lack of proper funding to provide basic facilities to citizens, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Transport committee approved the proposal to hand over Aapli Bus service to Maha Metro on Thursday.
NMC spends around Rs 164.83 crore on bus services annually. However, the civic body earns only Rs 64 crore per annum out of it, which amounts to over Rs 100 crore loss every year on operation of city bus service.
Moreover, the corporation would further be sustaining a burden of Rs 20 crore to operate 40 electric buses provided by central government.
At present, no proposal has been received from the Maha Metro to take over the bus service.
While addressing media on Thursday, Transport Committee Chief Narendra (Balya) Borkar informed that transport service would remain with a single authority. Rs 120 crore would be saved due to the decision and the amount would be spent in the development work of the city.
The proposal would be further tabled in general body meeting. Aapli Bus would be handed over to Maha Metro after both Central and State governments give their approval.
Commenting on the NMC’s proposal, Managing Director of Maha Metro Brijesh Dixit said that the agency would examine the proposal once NMC submits it.
Currently, NMC is operating 438 Aapli buses, including 237 standard buses, 150 midi, 45 mini and six electric busses, through three red bus and one electric bus operators.
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