This move comes as a great relief to the frequent commuters!
In an effort to ease out the burden of BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) in Mumbai, a total of 1,000 new buses will be added to their existing fleet. The new buses will be taken from the state owned Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) in order to provide commuters with more frequent rides.
As of now, buses in Mumbai tend can be seen jam packed due to a shortage, which also acts as a hinderance for social distancing- a crucial aspect in fighting off the COVID-19 virus. With the help of the new buses, the passengers can expect some relief.
Frequent commuters are unable to ride Mumbai local trains; new buses are the need of the hour
BEST provides public transport services to those in Mumbai via 3,000 buses. However, as local trains- the lifeline of Mumbai, are currently being operated only for essential services staff, the number of BEST's buses running at present are proving inadequate.
Not only that, the buses are unable to cope up with the sudden increase in the number of passengers, as many local frequenters are taking buses instead of the locals. Additionally, the buses are also quite risky, as more crowded areas have a higher chance of infecting citizens with the COVID-19 virus.
With the addition of 1,000 new buses to the fleet, some of the current burden will be lifted off. As of now, the MSRTC has already handed over 200 new buses. If you are an essential worker and have to commute using buses, your commutes will surely be a lot safer going forward.