Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is mulling a proposal to hand over its public transport, that is in heavy losses, to Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) for further operations.
The proposal will be moved through Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) for the nod of State Government. The proposal is likely to come up before the board of Smart City in April.
Transport Department of NMC is operating 380 buses at 132 different routes travelling almost 81,000 kms area per day. As per record, NMC is carrying 1.75 lakh passengers including students in these buses. Still it is not a profit making venture as total seating capacity of the buses is 4 lakhs per day. It is necessary to increase the ridership of the buses or reduce the fleet of each bus from 200 kms per day to 100 kms per day.
A senior officer on the condition of anonymity said, “A proposal is under consideration of the administrative wing and political leadership of civic body to entrust responsibility of public transport to NMRCL. This will reduce the financial burden of NMC and Metro Rail will be operating all the public transport of the city.”
Civic Body is incurring loss of Rs 85 crore per annum and it is impossible for it to sustain further loss due to ever declining revenue. Nagpur Metro Rail operations will create further worry for the civic body as maximum passengers will opt for Metro Rail to move from one destination to other. Nagpur Metro Rail will also start feeder services to cater to areas within vicinity of 3 to 5 kms of Metro Station to increase its ridership.
NMRCL will be having 42 stations along with two corridors- from Prajapati Nagar to Hingna and Butibori to Maruti Automotive. The metro rail will cover total 42 kms in the city and bus connectivity will increase the commuters of the metro.
NMRCL will be incharge of unified public transport and it will provide services according to its requirement. This will not create any conflict with the public transport service providers in the city.