Nashik: Former chief minister and current leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the new city bus service on July 8.

Initially, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) plans to ply 50 buses on nine different routes comprising 240 bus stops. Also, the civic body recently carried out successful trial run of the buses on these routes.

The NMC had planned to launch the city bus service from March 1, but the idea got delayed due to the second wave of the Covid pandemic. Mayor Satish Kulkarni on Saturday met Fadnavis and invited him to inaugurate the bus service.

District guardian minister Chhagan Bhujbal, BJP state president Chandrakant Patil and former ministers Girish Mahajan and Jaykumar Rawal will also remain present during the inauguration.

The NMC has developed an Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS) software for real time monitoring of buses and ensuring buses ply on time. It will also benefit the commuters as they will get real time information about arrival and departure of buses at the bus terminal.

More importantly, a mobile application has been created under the project that commuters can download and book their tickets online.

The application will also enable commuters to know monitor the movement of the buses. The Nashik civic bodyhas deployed two private agencies on procure, operate, maintain and manage basis. Both the agencies have already procured 250 buses, including 200 CNG and remaining 50 diesel buses. The agencies will be paid on per km basis.


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