Minimum Fare Raised By Re 1 For Ordinary Buses And By Rs 5 For Air-Conditioned Buses

Mumbai : Commuters will have to shell out more for BEST travel with the new fare structure coming into effect from Sunday.

The BEST has revised its fare by increasing the minimum fare by Re 1 for ordinary buses and by Rs 5 for air-conditioned buses.

The transport undertaking has revised fares for ordinary, limited, express buses, fort ferries, air-conditioned buses and passes.

The loss-making BEST hopes to recover nearly Rs. 300 crore from 40 lakh commuters who use its services.

The revised bus fare is being implemented after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) refused to grant Rs. 150 crore as subsidy and instead gave its nod for the fare hike.

According to the revised structure issued by the BEST, a commuter will have to shell out Rs. 7 for 2 km instead of Rs. 6 and Rs. 10 for 4 km instead of Rs. 8. The fares of AC buses will be Rs. 25 for 2 km instead of Rs 20 and Rs. 170 for 45 km instead of Rs. 150.

The fare for magic passes, by using which a commuter can travel on any bus route, has also been increased. Magic pass for ordinary bus will cost Rs. 50 per day and Rs. 1,200 for a month while it will be Rs. 3,500 on a yearly basis. Magic pass for air-conditioned buses will cost Rs. 150 per day and Rs. 3,500 for a month while it will be Rs. 10,000 for a year.

The fare revision will also have an impact on the fort-ferry services which run in a ring route from CST to Churchgate. Now the commuters will be charged according to the kilometre travelled instead of the fixed fare of Rs. 6. They will have to pay between Rs. 7 and Rs. 10 for the distance travelled by them.

Aparjita Deshpande, a resident of Vikhroli who takes the fort ferry to reach her office at Nariman Point, said: “The fort-ferry services are in bad shape. Breaking down of buses has become an everyday affair. If at all the BEST wants to reduce the losses, they should stop wasting money on poor quality buses like that of fort ferry, which were newly introduced and now are as good as defunct, instead of charging the commuters.”

The revised fare will burn a hole in the pockets of commuters using passes. They will have to shell out Rs. 300 for minimum monthly pass for 2 km and Rs. 1,100 for 20 km for ordinary buses. The cost of quarterly pass for 2 km will be Rs. 850 and for 20 km, Rs. 3000.

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“If At All The BEST Wants To Reduce The Losses, They Should Stop

Wasting Money On Poor Quality Buses Like That Of Fort Ferry … Charging The

Commuters.” Aparjita Deshpande, Commuter

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L   Commuters Will Have To Pay Rs 7 For 2 Km Instead Of Rs 6 And Rs. 10 For 4 Km Instead Of Rs. 8

L   AC Bus Fares Rs. 25 For 2 Km Instead Of Rs 20 And Rs. 170 For 45 Km Instead Of Rs. 150

L   Magic Pass For Ordinary Bus Will Cost Rs. 50 Per Day And Rs. 1,200 For A Month

L   Commuters Using Fort-Ferry Services Will Have To Pay Between Rs. 7 And Rs. 10 Instead Of The Fixed Fare Of Rs. 6

L   Passengers Will Have To Shell Out Rs. 300 For Minimum Monthly Pass For 2 Km And Rs. 1,100 For 20 Km For Ordinary Buses. The Cost Of Quarterly Pass For 2 Km Will Be Rs. 850 And For 20 Km, Rs. 3000

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