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BEST to reconsider option for tourists

mumbai Updated: Oct 01, 2010 01:15 IST
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You might just be able to travel in an open-top BEST bus on the Bandra-Worli sea link, if the administration decides to go ahead with the idea.

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) is contemplating this idea again, after one of its committee members, Dilip Patel, asked the BEST administration to reconsider this option, especially for tourists.

“I have asked BEST to start the open-top bus services on the sea link,” said Dilip Patel, member, BEST Committee.

The proposal was initially made in June 2009, just a few days before the opening of the sea link. However, it has been on the back burner because of the toll charged by the MSRDC, which is around Rs 3,000 a month.

He proposed a trial period of a month to see if this could turn into a profitable tourist attraction.

BEST has five open-top double decker buses, which might be given to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) for running on the sea link.

“This is a good proposal and we will approach the MTDC soon,” said OP Gupta, managing director, BEST.

As per the plan, this open-top bus will ferry people from the Bandra-Kurla Complex to Worli Sea Face and can accommodate nearly 40 passengers.

The ticket will cost around Rs 15-20.

Similarly, the concept of a Duck Bus, a bus that can travel on water, hasn’t taken off either. This amphibious 49-seater bus was planned on the route between Radio Club and Gateway of India, but it hasn’t yet received the required permissions.

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