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On Friday, BEST announced that all its buses will run at a 'maximum of 15 minutes' frequency from September 1. This decision stems from the regular complaints filed by daily commuters, who had to wait for 30-45 minutes to catch a bus, during peak hours and monsoon season. As such, around 26,000 bus services will be operational in Mumbai at the fixed interval, the BEST general manager stated.
Mumbai buses to run at a 3-15 minute frequency
Taking note of the regular commuter grievance, the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport has decided to maintain a maximum of 15-minute frequency of buses on all routes in Mumbai. As per reports, the general manager of the city transport service has directed all employed drivers, conductors, bus inspectors and senior officers to keep the fixed interval in order. Departmental action will be taken against the officials who violate the norm, without a genuine reason, he added.
Besides incidents of thick traffic jams or natural hindrances, such as floods, all BEST buses in Mumbai will soon run on a 3-15 minute interval. For this, the transport authority will also initiate planned rationalisation of bus routes and depot management, deployment of buses through live tracking from the Wadala control room. Further, all work related to vehicle repairs and maintenance will be put on a fast track to ensure maximum fleet on the roads.
As per reports, the BEST will also ensure the practice to not line up buses back to back at any stop, to prevent services from reaching at almost the same time, at a particular stop on any route. For this, bus inspectors will be provided with gadgets to intimate the control room about crowing at any bus stop.
Proposal for special bus lanes in Mumbai
Meanwhile, the general manager of the BEST is also working to introduce dedicated bus lanes in Mumbai. For this, several agencies of the metropolis, such as BMC, traffic police and RTO will have to fuse efforts and work in coordination. Dedicated corridors or lanes are a fix for heavy traffic snarls which may cause delays in the bus frequency.
On this line, the experts from the Mumbai Mobility Forum will approach BEST with a proposal for special lanes on traffic-prone routes here. These will include the Western Expressway, Haji Ali, the route between Priyadarshini and the stretch from Kandivali to Haji Ali via the sea link.