The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking on Wednesday started air-conditioned Fort Pheri bus services for four hours during the day. As many as 14 air-conditioned buses each will run on Fort Pheri 1 and Fort Pheri 2 routes between 11 am and 3 pm using a total of four of BESTs King Long buses. The frequency would be one bus every 21 minutes on both the routes.
We got a positive response to our Fort Pheri concept and so we decided to introduce air-conditioned service. If the response is good,the management may think of making this service available round-the-clock, a BEST spokesperson said.
To avail the services,commuters will have to shell out a fare of Rs 15 as against a fare of Rs 5 on the ordinary Fort Pheri bus service. The first air-conditioned Fort Pheri 1 will leave CST at 10.10 am and the last at 2.43 pm while the first air-conditioned Fort Pheri 2 will leave CST at 10.40 am and the last at 3.13 pm. The Fort Pheri 1 starts at CST and travels to business hubs in south Mumbai and places such as Mantralaya,NCPA,Churchgate and Hutatma Chowk before returning to CST. The Fort Pheri 2 travels the same route anti-clock wise.