You will have to pay Rs 2 more for BEST bus tickets from Wednesday night if the proposal, pending with the civic general body meeting, gets a final nod. The civic body has scheduled a special general body meeting to discuss the BEST fare hike.
After much speculation and a delay of almost two months, a final decision on the hike will be taken at the meeting.
BEST cleared the proposal of bus fare hike on August 30. The BEST proposed a hike of Re 1 for the first 2 km and Rs 2 for every additional stage. The minimum fare of BEST buses has been raised to Rs 4 from Rs 3.
The ruling Shiv Sena-BJP combine will require a majority vote, which they have, in the general body meeting. The saffron alliance as well as the opposition have made it mandatory for their corporators to attend the meeting. The Congress has decided to oppose the hike.
In the 227-member house, the total strength of the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP combine has 115 seats and Congress-NCP and its allies have 110 seats. Leader of the Opposition, Rajhans Singh said: “We are opposing the fare hike as we do not want to burden commuters.”
BEST Committee Chairperson Sanjay Potnis of Sena said: “Due to the hike in fuel prices, BEST was forced to hike fares as it cannot bear losses. BEST had asked the state to provide subsidy but there has been no response from them.”