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19 buses flagged off by CM in Mira Rd await registration

09:07 PM May 31, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Mumbai :  At a time when it appeared that the Mira Bhayandar’s public transport system will be back on track with the new fleet of buses inaugurated amid much fanfare by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on October 24, 19 of the 25 new buses were spotted gathering dust at a makeshift depot in Mira Road due to lack of registration.

Despite tall claims of authorities that the buses would start plying immediately, 19 buses are yet to roll out, giving reasons to believe that the launch ceremony was nothing but a gimmick, hurriedly done to win political brownie points.

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It has been revealed that the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) is yet to obtain requisite clearances from the Regional Transport Office (RTO). Attributing the delay to shortage of civic personnel in the wake of the recently-held Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) polls, assistant municipal commissioner Kalpita Pimple-Vade said: “We have already applied for registration numbers and the RTO has completed the inspection process. However, a major chunk of civic personnel were deployed for poll duty at Kalyan, leading to unavoidable delay. The process will be completed in a couple of days time following which all the buses will start plying on designated routes.”

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The public transport wing of the MBMC is the beneficiary of 90 new buses to be added to its current fleet under the JNNURM scheme. However with its existing bus services run by a private operator on the verge of collapse, the BJP-led ruling governance geared up to introduce 25 buses in the first phase. The MBMC has also become the first civic body in the MMR, which has successfully obtained an 80% funding nod from the Centre, while 20% is borne by the state government.

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