BEST nabs record 945 commuters in a day for ticketless travel | India News

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MUMBAI: The BEST caught a record 945 passengers for ticketless travelling in a single day on January 2. It recovered fines to the tune of Rs 58457 — which is eight times the normal amount (around Rs 7,000) for a single day checking.
BEST spokesperson Sunil Vaidya said that the checkings will continue as the undertaking has appointed a special squad of inspectors who are being deployed at prominent bus stops and on busy routes.Many passengers caught were those travelling in AC buses — whose fare is an affordable Rs 6 for 5 km journey.
During the last such major checking of ticketless travellers in December, the BEST had apprehended 853 commuters who were caught for not purchasing a valid ticket to travel in the red buses. Fines to the tune of around Rs 50,000 were recovered from them. BEST has a present ridership of 35 lakh daily passengers during weekdays. Most of those caught were during the morning and evening peak hour rush.
An official said many just board and alight from buses without purchasing tickets, sources said. To tackle this problem, the BEST has deployed ground staff conductors who issue tickets to passengers waiting for the bus in a queue at stops. “This ensures that we give tickets to all passengers who board buses. The problem of ticketless travelling is less on office-going routes such as CSMT-NCPA or CSTM-Cuffe Parade or Churchgate to Nariman Point and cases have been more on other BEST routes,” another official said.
Most of the daily passengers have monthly passes for the journey which leads to more savings, he added.


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