In the backdrop of the July 13 triple blasts, the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking has decided to expedite the plan of making its buses, bus stops and shelters safe and secure.
The undertaking has chalked out a comprehensive plan to make its buses a safe mode of travel for Mumbaiites. The undertaking plans to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in its buses in the next three months; in three months, CCTVs will be installed in 3,200 buses. The officials claim that the cameras are of high quality and can save data for at least 72 hours. These CCTVs will keep a tab on any untoward incident inside the bus.
Each bus will have two CCTVs, one at the front exit and other on the rear end. “We are looking at installing these CCTVs within the next three months,” said OP Gupta, general manager, BEST. The undertaking claims to have installed CCTVs in 1,500 buses so far.
And not just CCTVs, the undertaking has also set up three more special flying squads to keep an eye on its bus stops and shelters. Initially, there were only three flying squads to man city’s 3,600 bus shelters.
The number of passengers travelling in BEST buses has come down by 3%, said a BEST official. The BEST official also informed that the passes can now be renewed online. However, the undertaking on Thursday once again requested the state government to waive off Rs60 crore, which they pay as tax every year.