After the success of its point-to-point bus service between Kandivli and Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) now plans to start an air-conditioned service between south Mumbai and Navi Mumbai via the Eastern Freeway.
If this service begins as per plan, it will give tough competition to the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST). “I have ordered a survey of the route from Navi Mumbai to south Mumbai. The plan is on the drawing board. Apart from other factors, the ticket price and passenger preference will be carefully analysed before taking a final decision,” said Deepak Kapoor, vice chairman and managing director of MSRTC.
Earlier, the MSRTC had started the service in the western suburbs for Rs140 and received lukewarm response. But the number of passengers improved after bringing down the price to Rs100. The study is also considering areas like MIDC, Marol, SEEPZ, Parel, etc.
Even as MSRTC is mulling over such a proposal, the BEST on the other hand, has been curtailing its air-conditioned bus services within Mumbai as it has plans to scrap the problematic King Long buses. In fact, since last week, BEST has discontinued issuing or renewing the Diamond Pass for its air-conditioned services.
In May, the BEST had prepared a proposal to scrap 20 King Long buses. Due to the critical financial condition of the organisation, the administration is going slow on procuring new AC buses.