Now politics over fares ! Best panel rejects fare hike

best-3The Shiv Sena-BJP controlled BEST committee decided not to hike BEST bus fares. The decision was probably influenced by the successful nationwide bandh, organized by the alliance. BEST General Manager Om Prakash Gupta had proposed a minimum hike of Rs 2 in fares. For the time being citizens travelling from BEST can heave a sigh of relief as the BEST Committee has postponed a decision on the fare hike proposed by the BEST General Manager Om Prakash Gupta. Committee Chairman and Shiv Sena corporator Sanjay Potnis informed that they have decided not to clear the proposal. He added that they have written to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh requesting subsidy for the transport body so it can bear the Rs 60 Crore burden accruing from the fuel price hike. He said that they are not keen to hike bus fares at the moment but if the central and state governments leave us in the lurch, they will have to reconsider the BEST management’s proposal. MCGM Opposition however blames the saffron alliance of playing politics. Congress Corporator Ravi Raja said that BJP is making an issue out of price rise. He said that if the party was so concerned about citizens’ burden then why were they not reducing the tax burden on Mumbaikars. BEST runs 2,700 buses on CNG and 1,925 on diesel in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Mira Road. CNG is dearer by Rs 6.82 per kg and diesel was hiked by Rs 2. BEST General Manager O P Gupta has said that their proposal has not been cleared but they will put it up before the committee at every meeting till it is cleared. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Hansraj Kanojia for NMTV News.

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