The issue of dwindling number of passengers was discussed in the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking committee meet on Friday. According to the members, the undertaking is posting losses every year and losing a couple of lakh passengers every month.
Committee member Sunil Ganacharya alleged that the officials accepted bribes from workers to interchange their duty hours. “Instead of remaining confined to their offices, they should visit depots and keep workers on their toes,” he said. He added the general manager should get regular briefings from the officials.
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Lack of bus routes and improper timings were cited as some of the reasons for the loss of passengers. “People prefer more convenient and cheaper shared autos and taxis to BEST buses,” said committee member Yaqoob Memon. Another member Suhas Sawant said, “The administration has said that the state transport buses are full of passengers in places like Navi Mumbai. There’s no reason why BEST can’t do better business.” It was also noted that there was no regular maintenance of the buses.
BEST General Manager Jagdish Patil said that a team has been put in place at every bus depot to analyse the changing transport patterns.
He added, “We will evaluate the work of all the officials in the key areas”. He assured enhanced punctuality.