With a view to improving the overall quality of its services to the trade, Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has introduced a bus service within its Indira Dock precinct from June 10, 2015 in collaboration with the BEST. Four buses will operate daily, at the time of commencement of shifts, between the labour booking point at Yellow Gate, Indira Dock and Port’s deep-draughted berths at BPS/BPX, and 18 Indira Dock and Harbour Wall Berths. The service is expected to transport around 600 dock workers to their work spots.
The service was inaugurated by Mr Yashodhan Wanage, Deputy Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust.
According to a Port Trust release, the service will reduce the average commuting time from the booking point to the point of work to 5 minutes from 45 minutes. This saving in the reporting time of workers will reduce the idle time of ships at berth, improve ship berth day output, reduce turnaround time and bring about an overall reduction in berth occupancy at the Port, thereby enhancing its productivity, said Mr Ravi Parmar, Chairman of MbPT.
The trade unions and Port users have hailed this move of the Port Administration, which, besides increasing the comfort of the workmen, will improve their overall efficiency leading to better performance, they said.
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