The NMMC is gearing up to begin service of tejaswani buses driven by women for women commuters soon. The mini buses will be delivered to NMMT in a month. The NMMC is planning to introduce the service as a gift to women,to mark the international Women’s day which is observed on March 8th.
While state transport has recruited women drivers and conductors , no other local government’s transport body in Maharashtra has recruited them so far. The Tejaswani scheme will however, make it possible in Navi Mumbai and other regions of the state. It will provide women with employment opportunities.
There have been complaints to the administration by women passenger about the attitude of the drivers and conductors and also conduct of some male passengers.
Around 2.25 lakh commuters travel by NMMT buses every day. These include a large number of working women, school and college girls.There have been several instances of altercation between the women passenger and male drivers and conductors over change and also due to crowding in buses.