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BEST defers move to hike bus fares in view of Monday`s `bandh`

Last Updated: Saturday, July 3, 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.


First Published: Saturday, July 3, 2010 - 00:02
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