Mumbai : The BMC on Thursday gave its nod to a proposal for reducing the cost of bus passes for private as well as BMC-run schools. Students opting for specific bus routes to reach their schools will have to shell out Rs 150 for their monthly pass, while a quarterly bus pass will cost them Rs 450.
For those students using dedicated school buses for reaching their schools within 10 km of their house, a monthly pass will cost Rs 1,000. Earlier, the same pass would cost them Rs 1,200. BEST, following their fare hike, had also hiked the cost of student bus passes ranging from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000. The drastic rise in the school bus passes was objected to, following which BEST prepared a revised proposal.
According to the revised proposal put forth by BEST, the cost of the dedicated bus routes for private schools should be reduced to Rs 1,200 up to a distance of 10 km, whereas Rs 1,700 for distances more than that was put forth. For the BMC-run schools, the pass would cost Rs 900 for a distance of 10 km, while beyond that it would cost Rs 1,400.
However, the chairman of the BEST committee, Arvind Dudhwadkar, further requested BMC officials to reduce the cost of school passes for private schools to Rs 1,000. The request put forth by the chairman of BEST was accepted by majority voting during the general body meeting of the BMC on Thursday.