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Navi Mumbai: Free Travel Delight for Senior Citizens
In a heartwarming move, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has announced free travel for senior citizens aboard Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) buses, effective from Diwali onwards. This decision comes in response to an appeal by senior citizens to Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Narvekar, who assured them that their demand for complimentary travel would be considered.
Background and Administrative Approval
The announcement is eagerly anticipated, with administrative approval expected in the coming week. Reflecting a commitment to the welfare of senior citizens, NMMC’s decision mirrors the state government’s provision of free travel in its State Transport (ST) buses, aligning with their commitment to social inclusivity.
Presently, NMMT offers a 50% fare concession for senior citizens aged 65 and above, mirroring a similar concession for students. The proposed introduction of free travel for seniors is set to enhance their mobility and accessibility, fostering a sense of community support during Diwali and beyond.
NMMT Operations and Impact
NMMT, a pivotal transportation entity, operates 567 buses across 74 routes, catering to approximately 1.80 lakh passengers daily. Its services extend beyond NMMC jurisdiction, reaching areas like Mumbai, Borivali, Bandra, Thane, and more. The organization has gained significance due to its fare structure and the introduction of modern buses, making it a preferred mode of travel for citizens.
Navi Mumbai: Senior Citizens' Demand
The demand for free travel for seniors gained momentum during a senior citizens’ day program at the Vishnudas Bhave auditorium in Vashi. In response to the appeal made by seniors to Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Narvekar, he affirmed that the matter would be addressed at the administrative level, demonstrating a commitment to the welfare of the elderly population.
Implementation Process and Considerations
Municipal Commissioner Narvekar shared insights into the implementation process, stating, “We are studying the percentage of senior citizens in the total passenger traffic. We will also take a call on the senior citizen age to be fixed for the facility.” The policy, he assured, would be finalized very soon, paving the way for implementation and a potential Diwali launch.
How to Apply? How to Avail Benefit?
To avail themselves of this complimentary travel benefit, senior citizens are required to obtain an NMMT identity card. The application process involves providing proof of age through a date of birth certificate or Aadhaar card. Residency within the NMMC area must be substantiated with documents such as a property tax document, an agreement copy for leased residences, or a Tehsildar’s certificate demonstrating a minimum of five years of residency. The completion of this process results in the issuance of the Transport Activity Identity Card.
Senior Citizen: Mumbai Metro 25% Ticket Concession
This initiative aligns with the broader trend of facilitating senior citizen travel. Mumbai Metro lines 2A and 7, as of May 1, 2023, offer a 25% fare concession for citizens aged above 65, persons with disabilities, and students up to Class 12. This concession is applicable to National Common Mobility Card (Mumbai One) holders for 45 or 60 trips. Eligibility documentation includes valid disability certificates for persons with disabilities, age proof for senior citizens, and PAN cards with school IDs for students.
Free Travel for Senior Citizens in NMMT Buses
As NMMC’s gesture brings joy to senior citizens, complementing the broader trend of inclusive travel initiatives, it reflects a commitment to fostering an age-friendly and accessible transportation system in the city. Stay tuned for updates on the finalized policy and the official launch of this heartwarming initiative of free travel for senior citizens during Diwali.