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BEST to introduce CCTVs in buses carrying school kids

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport is planning to install closed circuit cameras in buses carrying school kids.

Written by Prashant Rangnekar | Mumbai |
May 22, 2009 3:09:52 am

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is planning to install closed circuit cameras in buses carrying school kids. A proposal for the same was mooted by Dilip Patel,the newly elected chairman of city’s transport arm.

BEST ferries some 2500 students daily from the specified locations to their schools. The transport arm offers its services to nearly 50 schools on daily basis.

“Carrying the students is a job of responsibility. The main motto behind this was to ensure transparency. The cameras in the bus will capture movements of the students and we would,in a way,be accountable for carrying the student,” said Patil. “Plus,we can also keep a check on the number of students using the bus service on daily basis.”

Meanwhile,the BEST has also revised the fare for students. It has also extended the concession for students of degree college. Currently,it only offers concession to students studying till grade XII. Students from the age group of 3-12 can also avail of concessions. The monthly fare for students studying till grade X would be Rs 90 and that for students studying in grade 11 and 12 would be Rs 190.

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Residential colonies can also make a group of 50 students and avail the facility of having bus service from their residence to school. “Students have to pay a monthly sum of Rs 90 if the distance is less than 10 km and if it exceeds,then the fare would be increased to Rs 190,” said Patel. However,the scheme is only valid within city limits. “Outside city limits,the minimum fare (within 10 kms area) would Rs 200 and Rs 300 beyond 10 kms limit,” Patel added.

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