BEST’s women-only buses to hit street quickly, Auto Information, Automobilnews
MUMBAI: BEST administration has acquired three of 37 Tejaswini buses, which will likely be deployed solely for girls inside 15 days. A BEST official stated, “We now run a girls particular double-decker bus between CSMT-NCPA. However the girls workforce has elevated, which incorporates college students.” As per the 2011 census, the share of feminine work participation stood at 18.8% within the island metropolis and 18.3% within the suburbs.
The 35-seater non-AC diesel buses, manufactured in Jaipur, value round Rs 29.5 lakh. The remaining 34 will arrive in a month. The state authorities has beneath the Tejaswini scheme given a grant of Rs 11 crore. Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport has been operating 10 such buses since March 2018.
BEST deputy PRO Manoj Warade stated, “As soon as registration formalities are achieved, the buses will likely be deployed on 37 routes throughout the town and suburbs. The drivers will undertake a take a look at drive and they are going to be deployed on three routes in 10-15 days.”
Initially, the buses will run solely throughout peak hours between 7am-11am and 5pm-9pm. If demand swells, the frequency may be elevated to non-peak hours. The yellow buses have Tejaswini embossed on them to mark them out for girls.A proposal to acquire 37 mini non-AC diesel buses for the Tejaswini fleet was cleared by BEST committee in June. This would be the first time in current months that BEST will buy its personal buses.
Andheri commuter Suhasini Rawal stated, “Such buses are required on Andheri-Kurla street and BKC, the place girls discover it troublesome to board buses attributable to heavy rush throughout peak hours.” One other commuter, Amina Sayed, stated, “They will need to have feminine conductors and should run late at night time, as peak hours now stretch as much as 10pm.” Rosili E stated, “Public transport is common for girls, not like males preferring two-wheelers and vehicles. I hope the administration decides to have connectivity of such buses from vital stations to enterprise districts like BKC, Andheri, Decrease Parel and Thane.”
BEST has a ridership of round 33 lakh, of which almost seven lakh are estimated to be girls.