NMMC is ready to begin the services of Tejaswini buses that’ll be driven by women drivers for only women commuters. There will ten minibusses that will be delivered to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) in a month. The buses will be a gift to all the women citizens of Navi Mumbai as a way to mark the International Women’s Day that’s celebrated on March 8th.
Though the state transport has recruited women drivers and conductors, no other local governments has recruited them so far.
While state transport has recruited women drivers and conductors, no other local government’s transport body in Maharashtra has recruited them so far. However, the Tejaswini scheme will make it possible for women in Navi Mumbai and other regions of the state to gain more employment opportunities.
“The state government has under the Tejaswini scheme given a grant of Rs2.5 crore to the NMMC for purchase of special buses for women. The NMMT has purchased 10 minibusses, each costing Rs25 lakh, from the grant received.” Municipal commissioner Ramaswamy N said.
He also added, “The buses will have a capacity to carry 30 women passengers. While only women will be allowed to travel in them, the drivers and conductors of the minibusses too will be women. The buses will provide a safe and comfortable journey for women commuters.”
Over 2.25 lakh commuters travel by NMMT buses every day. These include many working women, school, and college girls. The women several times have faced altercations with some passengers and in some instances, even with the conductors.
With the introduction of the Tejaswini buses, NMMC ensures that female commuters will be safer and cases of harassments will be reduced.
Like the regular NMMT bus, the special buses will also ply to Mumbai, Thane, Dombivili, Kalyan, Mira Bhayendar, Panvel, and Uran.
The 10 new buses will also run on the same lines as the ladies special trains. It will increase the job opportunities for women drivers and conductors. NMMC’s social welfare department has also decided to more preference to women of the economically weaker sections for more jobs.