Improving consumer commute to Andheri from Hiranandani Estate/Thane by starting AC Buses
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There more than hundred thousand people commuting from Thane to Andheri (E) and Andheri (W). Currently there are following options for commuters:
(a) Local Train: Already crowded; Not feasible for residents of Ghodbunder Road as it takes 45 min - 1 hr to reach station.
(b) 492 Non AC Bus: Starts from Hiranandani Estate however always crowded heavily and not suitable for hot summers.
(c) 125 AC Bus: Gets full at Kasarwadavali itself; Timings are 7:10 AM,7:40 AM,8:10 AM,8:40 AM,11 AM.
(d) Cityflo: Currently has only two service 7:30 AM and 7:50 AM.
(e) Commuters in same or near by office carpooling together to save environment and cost.
Thus, only two options for AC commute are there: 125 AC Bus and Cityflo. Both these services are insufficient to cater to growing / current population of Thane commuting to Andheri.
Of above, problem gets aggravated for people staying in Hiranandani Estate, which houses more than 100 Towers with an estimated population more than 1 Lakh. There is only one AC bus service of Cityflo with timings that are too early and limited seats as Cityflo is a 35 Seater. Moreover bus gets almost filled even before entering Hiranandani Estate even though seats can be pre-booked.
With upcoming monsoon season and in view of ongoing construction of Metro rail in Andheri, it is expected that travel time to Andheri from Thane will significantly increase in the range of 2-3 hrs. We salaried class pay huge taxes to Govt. of India in the form of Income Tax, indirect taxes in food bills, travel, services, etc in the range of 40% but no value add in public commute.
It is high time that our leaders initiate more AC buses from Thane to Andheri especially from Hiranandani Estate as commuters have no option except to travel commuting more than 2 hours each side. This will be great Action Item to take up by leaders of our country.
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