BEST is operating its full fleet of 3,500 buses, which includes 120 double-deckers.
MUMBAI: BEST gained four lakh commuters in a month and its ridership has touched 14 lakh, a senior official said on Monday.
‘Begin Again’ statistics showed collections went up by 44%, from Rs 90 lakh to Rs 1.3 crore daily ticket sales in a month.
“The additional Rs 40 lakh is welcome, although it will not curtail huge losses, which can only be curbed with viability gap-funding from BMC,’‘ the official said. BEST is looking forward to earning non-fare revenue, such as advertisements, parking and lease.
Meanwhile, commuters complained of zero social distancing in some buses during peak hours. BEST spokesperson Manoj Varade said, “Passengers should not be in a hurry and should not crowd buses. They must listen to conductors to maintain social distancing. Conductor have to ensure 25 people are seated and maximum five standees in a bus.”
BEST is operating its full fleet of 3,500 buses, which includes 120 double-deckers. Some double-deckers have been deployed on long routes along eastern and western express highways for the first time to cater to demand from office-goers. Office-goers and self-employed people depend on BEST which is the biggest public road transport service in Mumbai during the Covid pandemic.