Commuters can expect some relief, as the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply of Transport (BEST) has proposed to revise its fares. If brought into effect, the minimum fare will be reduced to Rs 5 for 5km, against the current Rs 8 for 2km. The new structure will also reduce the minimum fare for AC buses to Rs 6 for 5km from ₹30 for 2km.
What’s more: The new structure may also mean commuters can travel across the length and breadth of the city by paying not more than Rs 25. This is because BEST has proposed that maximum fare for regular and AC buses be set at Rs 20 and Rs 25, respectively.
The proposal will be tabled before the BEST committee on Friday, said, officials. It will then be sent to the regional transport authority for a final nod.
Currently, commuters pay Rs 15, Rs 22, Rs 32 and Rs 34 for distances of 5km, 10km, 15km, and 20km, respectively, on regular buses. For AC buses, they pay fares of Rs 30, Rs 40, Rs 55, and Rs 65, for the same distance slabs. Beyond 50km, commuters pay additional Rs 5 and Rs 10 per 5km for regular and AC buses.
Under the proposed scheme, commuters will pay Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 15 and Rs 20 to travel 5km, 10km, 15km and beyond 15km, respectively, in regular buses. To cover the same distances in AC buses, commuters will pay Rs 6, Rs 13, Rs 18 and Rs 25. The BEST will add 200 mini-AC buses to its fleet.