MUMBAI: Private bus operators have offered to provide 500-1,000 vehicles on lease to the BEST. “We have given a formal proposal,” said Malik Patel of Mumbai Bus Malak Sanghatana.
Sources said private buses can provide up to 10,000 trips daily for 12 hours, thereby catering to 3 lakh passengers. As per the proposal, the lease rates were up to 4 hours for 40km, up to 8 hours for 80km and up to 12 hours for 120km. Transport expert Ashok Datar said BEST could also use 2,000 school buses. A BEST official said they are “looking into” the proposals. He said the BEST may approach the state this week to seek nod for 100% occupancy in buses with no standees.