The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) might face a shortage of paper tickets, which might lead to trouble while issuing tickets to passengers. The BEST committee on Tuesday has turned down a proposal to purchase printing blocks to make the multi-coloured paper tickets.
According to the Hindu, the administration on Tuesday presented a proposal to procure 36,000 ticket blocks worth Rs 1.71 crore. It also mentioned that the paper tickets would only be a stop-gap arrangement till the transport undertaking floats tenders for an automatic fare collection system. The committee, in its meeting, went ahead with this decision arguing that the proposal to reintroduce electronic machines to print tickets has not yet been implemented.
Ravi Raja, committee member and leader of the opposition, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told Hindustan Times, “Everywhere, people are moving ahead with electronically-printed tickets, but BEST management has cancelled it. Conductors right now are facing a lot of trouble with issuing [blockprinted] tickets.” But if the proposal is not passed the BEST may have tickets to issue to its commuters. Ashish Chemburkar, chairman of the committee told the Hindu, “If we don’t pass this, the BEST may not have tickets.”
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