TMT buses ply sans destination boards

 Some TMT buses do not have either route numbers or destination boards and people boarding from the intermediate stations find it very difficult to identify the bus concerned. One has to shout out to passengers travelling in the bus to find out and by the time they get an answer, the bus will have set off. These buses also suffer from frequent breakdowns. Will the TMT management look into the matter?

Vijay Thilakan, Thane.

Pathetic condition of Road No.4 at Pestom Sagar

The condition of Road No 4, at Pestom Sagar, Chembur, has deteriorated in the last three months. Errant contractors are being paid without certifying the work carried out. The contractor has simply put small pebbles with muddy sand to cover these potholes, which escalates the problem. There are 124 potholes which can be seen, with the promise of many more to appear.

Senior citizens, ladies and children find it very difficult to use this long stretch of road.  The increasing traffic makes it difficult to walk, especially in the morning and evening. May I request the concerned authorities to rectify this situation immediately, by concretising this long stretch of road.

B Ramachandran, Chembur.

Trains to Mahul Village

As part of the rail revolution, there is a need for Central Railway to introduce more suburban trains to Ghatkopar, which is a heavily overpopulated and crowded suburb. Similarly, there is a need for CR to introduce suburban trains to Mahul Village, with railway stations at important areas between Vidyavihar and Mahul Village Station, like Sindhi Society, which will cater mainly to the students of Swami Vivekand College and other educational institutions; Chembur Colony, Marouli Village and Mahul Village. CR could also introduce suburban trains from Virar, Vashi, Kurla, Karjat and Kasara to Mahul Village. This service which will cater to students, workers and residents in the area.

Cajetan Peter D’Souza

Auto-cratic ways of rickshaws

Vote the state government out of power and bring in a government that will listen. Remember that the last time when the minimum autorickshaw fares were increased to Rs 15, many questioned why the tariff card did not mention waiting charges. Nobody took responsibility or claimed responsibility for the decision on waiting charges. This is the most irrational charge levied on the customer. The minimum distance should be lowered to one kilometre and the minimum charge reduced to Rs 10.  Many senior citizens use autos just to cross the road and reduce the risk of getting injured in chaotic traffic at traffic junctions. One must be a runner of Olympic standard to cross at a signal. Thankfully, there is no waiting charge levied by BEST. There is no waiting charge in a share-an- auto. Nor is this the case with sharing taxis at Nariman Point. Permitting waiting charge is equivalent to approving mediocrity in traffic management. There are many other useful things to be copied and implemented from abroad – good pothole-free roads, good traffic management, preventing meter-rigging and tampering, issuing receipts and above all, honesty. Autos carry three persons and the base fare is Rs 17. Taxis, which carry four persons and are much safer, are placed at Rs 21 now. Just compare the illogical fares. And auto is supposed to be a poor man’s transport!

P R V Nair

Thanks for Bus 103, but….

NMMT has started Bus 103 from Panvel Railway station to Dadar TT circle in July 2014, which is a hit with commuters. It is a long-pending issue and commuters are very happy because it is very convenient to travel by NMMT buses. The buses are well-maintained and more comfortable to travel in, better than ST buses. Before this, AC buses from Panvel to Mumbai had failed as commuters were not availing the facility. But now, we have cause to cheer. But here are certain points which we have observed. The conductors and the drivers  should be polite to the commuters at all times. Some drivers start their buses even before boarding or alighting of passengers is complete.

Probir Kumar Bose, New Panvel

Bridge between Andheri Stn and metro in need of repair

Regular commuters know very well that Western Railway suburban trains and metro rail are run by WR and the MMRDA/Reliance respectively. But will the PROs of both these bodies clarify to the public who is responsible for the maintenance of the long bridge connecting the foot overbridge at Andheri WR Station with the Andheri Metro station? The said connecting bridge has become dirty. At some places, the tiles are either missing, broken, or damaged. For the last few weeks, the lights on the WR side are almost out. Will the concerned authority take action immediately?

S Chad

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