BEST defers move to hike bus fares in view of Monday`s `bandh`
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 03, 2010, 00:02
  
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena-led Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) on Friday deferred the decision on the hike of bus tickets as the Sena-BJP combine will go for bandh over fuel price hike on Monday.

The BEST committee was supposed to take a decision on the hike in ticket fares and bus passes but was today not discussed as the Sena-BJP combine are going on a nationwide strike on Monday over fuel price hike. "We are trying to roll back the hike of fuel prices and if this is considered by the Central government then the bus fares will not be hiked. We would be highlighting the plight of common man on price rise," a BJP corporator said.

The Shiv-Sena led transport body has proposed to raise its bus fares by Rs 2, following which the minimum basic fare would be Rs 5. A hike of Rs 40 and Rs 110 for monthly and quarterly bus pass respectively has also been proposed.

Currently, the monthly bus pass is available at Rs 160, whereas the quarterly pass costs Rs 440.

"Due to increase in prices of diesel and CNG, we had to think of increasing the fares. We tried convincing the Central Government to provide subsidy to BEST but got no response, so we had to consider this step," BEST Chairman, Sanjay Potnis told agency here.

The BEST cannot afford to bear further losses which are to the tune of Rs 300 crore, Potnis said.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, July 03, 2010, 00:02


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