First it was the auto and taxi unions, then the railways, and now it’s the turn of the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking to hike fares.
The transport body has proposed to increase not only the ticket fare, but also the monthly bus pass.
The BEST wants to hike the minimum ticket fare from Rs4 to Rs5 (see box). The extent of the hike proposed for the monthly pass could be up to Rs500. Also, commuters travelling in BEST’s air-conditioned or other specialised buses will have to shell out more for their travel.
The undertaking, which has fleet of more then 4,500 buses, has proposed a fare hike in all types of passes, including route specific or distance-based passes. The rates are expected to increase form Rs200 to Rs220, Rs240 to Rs308, and so on.
The proposal for the fare hike is under consideration of the BEST committee and a decision may be taken in the first week of April.
As per the proposal, the monthly magic bus pass, which is applicable for all buses across the city, will cost Rs750 as compared to earlier Rs500. The global express pass for fast buses will cost Rs1,000 instead of the earlier Rs800.
A commuters will have to shell out Rs2,000 for the diamond pass for King Long (air-conditioned) buses instead Rs1,500.
OP Gupta, general manager, BEST, said, “The BEST bus fares haven’t changed in a long time. So the hike is necessary for the undertaking’s financial health.”
Railways hike fares: The first-class season ticket for railways will cost more from April 1. Central Railway and Western Railway released a revised fare table on Friday. As commuters may rush on Saturday to get passes at old rates, sources said officials were considering keeping the season ticket booking closed to avoid loss. However, AK Singh, PRO, CR said the counters would remain open.