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Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation to reduce bus trips in Nashik by 40

The Nashik division of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has decided to further bring down the numbers of buses in the city. From February 2018, MSRTC will reduce the as many as 40 bus trips to curb mounting losses incurred by the transport body.

In January 2017, the city buses in Nashik were brought down to 175 from 235. The transport body planned to further reduce 10 more buses in December, but the move was put on hold as it increased the plight of students.

On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) should take over the city bus service. This announcement has given hope to the MSRTC that the NMC will manage the city bus services soon.

As per a report in The Times of India, the Nashik division of MSRTC has identified a few routes, where bus frequency can be trimmed or reduced.

On March 31 2017, the Bombay High Court restrained MSRTC from discontinuing services on 21 routes within the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) limits. “The last of the city buses plying in Vasai-Virar have now been discontinued.

We are inching towards the same,” Yamini Joshi, divisional controller of Nashik division of MSRTC, said. Apart from Nashik, Sangli and Ratnagiri have city buses, as services in Aurangabad has also been held back. In Sangli, as many as 100 trips are carried out by the city municipal body.

Reportedly, they have also started to trim the operations, whereas Ratnagiri doesn’t boast of many bus services, as the operations are linked to villages outside the district headquarters.

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