The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking is all set to make going cashless easier for bus commuters in the city and power consumers in the island city.
From December 10, 30 lakh BEST bus commuters will be able to buy their regular bus tickets and renew their bus passes using a mobile application - Ridlr. Also, 10 lakh BEST power consumers will be able to view and make bill payments through MI BEST mobile application.
The undertaking also plans to start accepting credit and debit cards at BEST bus depots and stations for renewal of bus passes and e-purse recharge. “Currently, this facility is available at Sion and Sewri. We plan to provide it at other stations. This will take another month,” said Jagdish Patil, general manager BEST.
With these mobile applications, bus commuters will be able to renew their passes online. Power consumers can also register complaint, track its status, view the bill and make the payment through netbanking, mobile wallets, credit or debit cards.
Ridlr mobile application for buses is available on Google playstore, but is currently active only for air-conditioned buses. MI-BEST mobile application for power consumers will be available on Google playstore from December 10.
“The MI-BEST mobile application will allow the meter owner and non-registered members to make payment on behalf of the meter owner,” said a BEST official.
The undertaking is tying up with e-wallets such as SBI Buddy, Paytm and free charge for direct bill payment by the end of this month.