The single-door Midi-buses run by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) will soon become a regular single-decker bus with another door at the back.
The BEST has decided to go ahead with building an additional door for people to board at the rear of the bus. "We have decided to fit the Midi-buses with two doors looking at the number of passengers using it. The BEST Committee has already given the permission," said OP Gupta, General Manager, BEST.
BEST is waiting for a new fleet of around 200 Midi-buses, which will have an additional door at the rear, near the tyre. Initially they will introduce 10-12 buses on the road.
“The basic exterior structure of the Midi-bus is ready. Within a few days, these buses will be on the road,” said an official from BEST.Gradually, BEST will bring in the remaining number of Midi-buses. Meanwhile the Midi-buses currently running on the road will have to wait.
“Those already running will be changed over a period of time,” said BEST Committee member Dilip Patel. The BEST will have to increase seats in the existing Midi-buses before going for the second door at the rear end. There are approximately 50 such Midi-buses running on city roads.
The reason behind introducing the second door is that BEST wants to reduce any inconvenience for passengers boarding and alighting at the same time. “There are cases where the conductor rings the bell and the bus leaves without allowing people to board. There are also incidents of pick pocketing especially during peak hours,” added the BEST official.
They were introduced to ply on smaller roads where the access route doesn’t allow bigger buses.