Don’t miss the bus (Aapli) | Nagpur News


Congestion, accidents, parking problems and pollution on the city’s roads are the result of a poor public transport system and a steady increase in the number of private vehicles every year. Part VI of YOU Smart city series tries to locate bottlenecks

NAGPUR: Efficient and convenient public transport goes a long way in addressing the dual problem of pollution and congestion. There is a need to improve the adequacy and uptake of public transport in India, says Niti Aayog in his report on transforming mobility.
When a city fails when it comes to mobility, it results in traffic jams, lost productivity, increased pollution and poor quality of life. This is exactly what Nagpur witnesses with a poor urban transport system, especially the Aapli bus service run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation.
With a population of 25 lakh (according to the last census), only 1.8% of the inhabitants of the city of Nagpur use public transport (Aapli Bus) and on average 4,000 use the Metro Rail service per day.
The NMC transport department has a fleet of more than 400 buses which it operates through three red bus operators and an electric bus, but has failed to increase the number of riders. Prior to ousting Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited from the city’s bus service, ridership was 1.5 lakh of passengers. “Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the transportation department is running 200 buses,” a senior NMC transportation department official said. Before Covid-19, the NMC operated 380 buses on more than 85 routes.
The city’s vehicle population is almost 20 lakh. With a poor public transport system, every year the number of private vehicles is steadily increasing. In the last fiscal year (2020-2021), 49,773 new vehicles were added to the city’s roads. These include 35,654 two-wheelers and 600 autorickshaws.
Considering the addition of new autorickshaws, the transport expert and HoD VNIT V Landge said, makes it clear that the city, which is transforming into a smart city, needs better public transport.
Transport expert and traffic activist Ashok Karandikar said the rapid growth of private vehicles reflects the unsatisfactory public transport system and the emphasis on two-wheeler-centric infrastructure. “The range of Aapli Bus is unsatisfactory, its frequency cannot be trusted and comfort is a distant dream for commuters,” said Karandikar.
He stressed that the local body should not treat the city bus service as a for-profit business but rather as a welfare activity.
According to Landge, the city’s transport infrastructure cannot be increased at this point. “Instead, government agencies like NMC should try to improve the bus service,” he said.
Urban planner Ravi Sonkusre believes that more vehicles on the roads means traffic jams, accidents, parking problems, etc. “Despite the wide roads, new roads and more overflights, travel time has increased on several routes,” he said.
Giving examples, he said that new overflights and roads like Wanjari Nagar, Jail Road have reduced travel time, but due to poor planning of junctions, bottlenecks remain resulting in increased time. path. “Even the volume of traffic has increased,” he said.
Nagpur Metro is operational on Sitabuldi-Khapri and Sitabuldi-Lokmanya Nagar (on Hingna Road) with all stations open to the public. Average daily ridership is around 4,000. Before the second wave of Covid-19, weekday ridership was over 20,000 and 30,000 on Sundays. It also launched six Aapli buses as a refueling service and submitted a plan for 39 buses. “The rest will start in the next few days according to NMC,” MahaMetro spokesman said.
By the end of December 2021, two more sections (Sitabuldi-Prajapati Nagar and Sitabuldi-Automotive Square) are expected to become operational and Phase I of the Nagpur metro will be completed.
MahaMetro has made available 17 e-rickshaws and 22 e-scooters at numerous stations. Electric scooters are also available at Neeri, CRPF Colony and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital. Other supply vehicles will be available in the coming days. In addition, city buses connect metro stations to various parts of the city.
* Only 1.8% of citizens use public transport (Aapli Bus) and on average 4,000 use the Metro Rail daily
* The city’s vehicle population is almost 20 lakh
* 49,773 new vehicles, including 35,654 two-wheelers and 600 autorickshaws, added to the last financial year
* NMC has a fleet of 237 standard buses, 150 midi, 45 mini and six electric buses
* Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the transport service runs 200 buses
* 40 electric buses to be added by March 2022
* Nagpur Metro Phase-II is expected to get Union Cabinet approval soon
* When Phase II is completed, Metro will connect Nagpur to Butibori MIDC, Hingna City, Transport Nagar (Kapsi) and Kanhan (via Kamptee)

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