By Shashank Rao www.mid-day.com
The plan to integrate public transport by officials of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) and Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) has taken a beating.
The recent setup to connect BEST bus routes with Ghatkopar-Andheri-Versova Metro line was scrapped on November 1, after it failed to generate interest of commuters. What made matters worse was that the BEST buses had to compete with illegal share auto stands operating on the same feeder routes. BEST authorities had been running around 70 buses on two routes — Navrang Cinema to Oshiwara in Andheri (West) and Seepz-Chakala-Seepz in Andheri (East) – since June.
“However, the response from commuters has been lukewarm, with only 20-22 people travelling in every trip on an average,” said a senior BEST official.
Officials claim that commuters coming out of the Metro station are instead opting for the share-auto system, which has been operating without permission. More info