On February 12, Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport Undertaking (NMMT) announced that the residents of Navi Mumbai could soon use public transport services across the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL). After Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST), now NMMT buses will also be commuting on MTHL.
NMMT manager Yogesh Kaduskar said that they have planned at least four services. Two air-conditioned electric buses will also operate on the bridge.
Following the inauguration of the Atal Setu bridge, locals, who had eagerly anticipated public conveyance across it, expressed their excitement.
Bus number 115 is planned to carry commuters from Nerul to Mantralaya, which will pass through Ulwe and the Kharkopar belt. “Bus no. 115 is an air-conditioned service that has been plying from Kharkopar to Mantralaya,” stated an NMMT official. Nevertheless, the service will now begin in Nerul and travel the MTHL route in response to resident demand.
The civic body has chosen to maintain the current 52-kilometre fare price of INR 90 from Nerul to Mantralaya. “There is no proposed fare revision. We will bill the current rates that apply to each AC bus,” Kaduskar emphasised.
Toll fees, however, are still up in the air because officials have stated that they are unsure of whether public transport services will be exempt from paying the high toll intended for private buses or whether they will have to pay the whole amount.