Bus Travel In Mumbai May Go Costlier
Travel by civic transport utility-run buses in Mumbai beyond a certain distance is likely to get costlier. The transport wing of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed a fare hike, ranging from Re 1 to Rs 12 on longer routes.
The BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) committee recently voted for a bus fare hike, ranging from Re 1 to Rs 12 for distance of over four kilometres while no hike had been recommended for shorter routes, said a senior official from BEST. The Best is an arm of the BMC.
He said this was simply a recommendation from the committee, and in order to get it implemented, it would require an approval from higher authorities.
"Once the BMC gives its nod for fare hike, the same (proposal) will be sent to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority for a final approval," he said.
"The move is aimed at reducing losses of the transport wing of the civic body," the official said.
Anil Kokil, chairman of the BEST committee, said: "The fare hike is part of our reforms measures which have been taken to serve the larger interest of the transport utility."
The BEST buses run across the island city, its suburbs and also to adjoining Thane and Navi Mumbai. They ferry 30 lakh commuters daily.
Ashish Shelar, Mumbai BJP chief, criticised the Shiv Sena, which rules the BMC, over the proposed hike. Shelar, also an MLA, used the issue to take a swipe at the Shiv Sena, which has criticised the Narendra Modi government at the Centre over key policy decisions like demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
"The Union government's decision of demonetisation and rolling out of the GST is anti-people? Now BEST has hiked the fare for the welfare of its employees? This is the BEST's best drama," Shelar tweeted.
With inputs from Housing News