Once a no-vehicle zone, the hill station will soon make room for MSRTC’s minibuses
The hill station hasn’t allowed cars since the British era
The eco-friendly hill station of Matheran got a mobility boost when the Maharashtra government this week gave a green signal to operations of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) public transport buses from Neral station to Matheran, even as the Supreme Court approved plying electric rickshaws on the hill station to replace all hand-pulled carts. The hill station hasn’t allowed cars since the British era. People either have to walk or use one of the 460 horses or 94 hand-pulled rickshaws available for transportation.
“Yes. We have got approvals to run state transport bus route from Neral station to Matheran and it will be a big help for school students, in addition to tourists. We are thankful to transport minister Anil Parab for taking our views into consideration and giving an approval for the bus,” president of Matheran Municipal Council Prerana Sawant told mid-day.