BEST wants to scrap 259 AC buses in Mumbai
The proposal has been prepared by the administration and is yet to be tabled in the BEST committeemumbai Updated: Sep 08, 2017 09:19 IST
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) management has proposed to scrap its non- functional 259 air-conditioned (AC) buses owing to losses.
The proposal has been prepared by the administration and is yet to be tabled in the BEST committee, which may meet in next 15 to 20 days and take a decision on the fate of the buses.
The proposal argued that owing to losses and high maintenance of the buses, it was best to remove them from the BEST fleet. The AC buses of JCL make were procured at a cost of Rs 166 crore in 2009-2010 from a company based in Punjab.
The BEST management suffered an annual loss of Rs82 crore from AC buses. The monthly loss in December last year was Rs 6.86 crore. The earnings from the AC buses for December last year was Rs 1.68 crore. They were taken off roads in April after continuously suffering from losses.
Earlier, the BEST administration had said AC buses may be converted into regular ones.
It has now cancelled the plan as the cost of modification was too much.
Dr Surendrakumar Bagde, general manager, BEST, said, “The cost of changing the buses from AC to non- AC will be huge. This is the reason we have prepared the proposal of scrapping them. There will be a reserve base price set for the scrapping.”
The BEST management last year slashed the fares of AC buses by 50%, but this did not improve ridership.