Mumbai : Mumbaikars will now have to shell out more to avail bus services of BEST. The committee members have approved a proposal by the undertaking to hike the fare.
The proposal, which was initially criticised by the members of all political parties including the ruling Shiv Sena in the BMC, in the committee have finally given their nod to it at the meeting on Tuesday.
The hike will affect 60 percent of commuters that travel on shorter routes. Over 24 lakh passengers will have to pay Rs 7 for minimum 2 km against the existing Rs 6 for the same
The hike will be affecting passengers travelling shorter routes as the fare chart has been revised too. In the revised fare chart, the slab of multiple of 2 km has been introduced in place of 3 km. The current slabs are 0-2 km, 2-3 km, 3-5 km, 3-7 km and so on. But the 3-km slab has been removed from the new slab changing it to 0-2 km, 2-4 km and so on.
The fare has been increased to tab the 60 percent commuters using the shorter route that will generate revenue of Rs 130 crore. The proposal will be sent to the BMC and the standing committee for their approval, after which it will be implemented.
OP Gupta, General Manager of BEST said, “The proposal is at an initial stage and will take time for the implementation.”