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    Mixed response to all-India shutdown in Maharashtra

    Mumbai: The all-India anti-fuel price hike shutdown evoked a mixed response in Maharashtra on Monday, with all parties – barring the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena – joining it wholeheartedly. In Mumbai and other cities, large numbers took to the streets, railway stations, bus depots, and other public places carrying banners and placards, raising anti-government slogans, taking out processions or staging sit-in protests against the spiraling prices of petrol, diesel and gas. However,

  • Mumbai: 22-year-old girl crushed by a reversing bus, driver arrested

    Mumbai: A 22-year-old girl was crushed between two BEST buses when the driver of one of them was reversing at the depot at Kurla on Friday morning. Amreen Saba Murtuza Shaikh, 22, was crossing the road when she got crushed between the two BEST buses near a bus stop. BEST driver Sanjay Pawar, 51, was reversing bus number 310 when the mishap took place; the other bus was parked near the depot. Shaikh

  • Lack of funds leaves Mumbai BEST’s Twitter handle deactivated

    Mumbai: Not a single tweet has been posted by the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST)’s Twitter handle, since its activation in the year 2010. A senior official said because of the undertaking’s ‘financial crisis’, it is unable to appoint a team that will  handle its Twitter account and reply to public complaints and queries.

  • Fuel price hike may cost Mumbai BEST buses Rs 26 crore

    Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking might have to bear additional expenses of up to Rs 26 crore by the end of the year if fuel prices remain at current levels. BEST committee members have asked the administration to write a letter to the state government to reduce its fuel burden.

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    Mumbai: Drive against privatisation of BEST buses reach common man’s house

    Mumbai: People’s movement through Aamchi Mumbai Aamchi BEST (AMAB) against the BrihanMumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is said to get stronger as those who participated in the rally on Monday stated that they would approach people at bus stops, depots and residential societies asking them to participate in future.

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    Mumbai: Bumpy ride ahead for the iconic BEST buses

    Mumbai: Faced with mounting losses, the iconic BEST buses in Mumbai are having a bumpy ride, forcing the civic administration to come out with a slew of reform measures to put them back on track. However, these measures are facing a stiff resistance from employees and unions who feel they are a move towards eventually privatising the civic-run undertaking.

  • Mumbai: BEST plans to hike bus fare to cover its losses, NCP stages protest

    Mumbai: The management of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has planned to hike the bus fare by up to Rs 12 for longer distances. This has been planned in order to cut costs. The decision to hike bus fares was taken during a BEST committee meeting conducted on Tuesday. The hike in bus fare would be implemented once it is approved in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) general body meeting.

  • Mumbai: BEST to hike bus fares for longer routes, monthly pass

    The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking committee approved a hike in fares for long distances, daily and monthly bus passes and passes for school children to cut losses. However, it has decided not to change minimum bus fare, which is Rs 8 and risk of losing passengers to share autorickshaws and taxis.

  • State government panel to solve woes of Maharashtra’s loss-making transport bodies

    Mumbai: The state government has set up a four-member committee of bureaucrats to dwell upon turning around loss-making public transport services operated by various urban civic bodies in the state. However, the committee does not include any expert on public transport. As per the Government Rules (GR) issued by the Urban Development Department on September 15, the committee has been set up to take a policy decision on reviving these loss-making public

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    Mumbai: To revive from its losses, BEST to bring bus lanes to speed up commute

    Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has been facing losses for a long time now, so to revive itself from the losses, BEST has come with solution, to introduce dedicated lanes in selected routes. According to a report in Hindustan Times, in a meeting Dr Surendrakumar Bagde, general manager of the BEST, revealed details of the revival plan. the plan includes changes in the BEST’s ageing fleet of vehicles and

  • Mumbai: BEST’s Meals on Wheels plan suffers jolt due to hawkers

    Mumbai: In a menace created by the illegal hawkers on the streets of Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking’s (BEST) Meals on Wheels initiative has suffered a jolt. The moving bus canteens are now on the verge of closure due to customers turning their backs to these canteens in favour of illegal street food joints. Colaba bus depot’s Meals on Wheels canteen has stopped serving food at night due to

  • BEST strike in Mumbai: Commuters tweet anguish as buses stay off roads

    The BrihanMumbai Electric Supply Transport (BEST) worker’s union decided to go ahead with the bus strike from Sunday midnight to push their demands, including timely payment of salaries. Around 36,000 BEST employees from nine unions stayed off duty, standing nearly 30 lakh residents of Mumbai who depend on the public transport buses for their daily commute.

  • Mumbai: BEST workers union calls for strike from June 22 midnight over unpaid salaries

    The BEST workers union has called for a strike of staffers, including bus drivers and conductors, from midnight of June 22 to protest against salaries not being paid to workers. One of the largest BEST workers union said that they were upset with the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport’s (BEST) decision to disburse only 50% of the salary to its staff.

  • Mumbai: MMRDA to introduce hybrid buses on Bandra-Kurla complex route

    Office-goers travelling to Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) from Bandra and Kurla stations will now travel more comfortably to their workplaces in air-conditioned hybrid buses. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will soon introduce the Hybrid bus services in the Bandra-Kurla complex. The MMRDA, BEST and TATA officials on Thursday supervised the first bus of the 25-buses’ lot and approved it to be technically fit to ply the same on the route.

  • Mumbai: New BEST buses have more leg space and cell charging points too!

    Mumbai: A fleet of 75 new, bright red, high-tech buses will traverse the length and breadth of Mumbai from Wednesday, making travel much more comfortable for commuters. These buses from the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) stable will have more leg-space and humidifiers in each vehicle to remove excess humidity. And the charging points installed will allow you to charge your mobile on the move.

  • Mumbai: New BEST bus is finally here. Is it the best colour?

    Mumbai: Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has finally got their bus with new colours (white with yellow stripes). Two such buses will run on city roads to collect feedback from commuters.

  • Mumbai: Concession cut for students on BEST buses

    Mumbai: The management of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has planned to revise certain subsidies given to students up to class 12 in order to cut down on losses. The plan is to reduce the concession rates of bus tickets which are provided to students up to class 12.