Civic buses may soon ply on Bandra-Worli Sea Link

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 20:23

Mumbai: Buses run by civic transport
utility BEST may soon start plying on the Bandra-Worli Sea
Link (BWSL), officials said.

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST)
is waiting to sign an MoU with Mumbai Entry Point Ltd (MEPL),
the company that collects toll on the sea bridge. Once that
materialises, BEST`s AC and non-AC buses will pass through the
engineering landmark which connects Bandra, a western suburb,
to Worli in South Mumbai, they said.

"We are ready to ply BEST buses for a toll of Rs 3,000
per bus a month. The express, super fast buses will run from
Dahisar to Churchgate via Bandra Worli Sea Link, may be within
two days or a week," BEST General Manager Uttam Khobragade
said.

On whether the BEST will increase the fares on these
buses, Khobragade said, "the fares will increase slightly."

Since the sea link was thrown open to the public in
early July, the BEST has been trying to convince the State
Government to bring down the toll charges and allow it to ply
buses on the 5.6-kilometers long cable-stayed bridge.

"The State had earlier proposed to levy Rs 5,000 per
bus per month to BEST for using the sea link but the BEST
asked it to reduce it by Rs 2,500. Things were not working out
hence we looked for other options," an official said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 20:23

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