To ease out the plight of women who are forced to board overcrowded buses during the peak hours, BEST bus service has drafted a solution. The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is on its way to help women have safe rides while using public transport. It has decided to launch a special bus service for women during peak hours along with an App that would ensure their safety. Surely, one step in this direction may help to ensure safety to women and their families. It would also contribute to elevating the image of public transport.

To avoid the hustle and harassment faced by women during peak hours, BEST is planning to launch a special bus service for women. The scheme would be launched under the banner of ‘Tejaswini Yojana,’ under this, 37 buses would be solely earmarked for women during peak hours.

Ladies Special Bus Service

To avoid the hustle and harassment faced by women during peak hours, BEST is planning to launch a special bus service for women. The scheme would be launched under the banner of ‘Tejaswini Yojana,’ under this, 37 buses would be solely earmarked for women during peak hours. However, until now, no decision has been taken regarding the routes that these buses would take. Furthermore, the women commuters would also be equipped with a digital App that would help them to track their live locations and the routes of the buses.

BEST Bus Service

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) is also known as the Bombay Electric Supply & Transport. It is a civic transport and electricity provider public body based in Mumbai.

BEST service operates one of India’s largest fleets of buses. The bus transport service covers the entire city and also extends its operations outside city limits into neighbouring urban areas. In addition to buses, it also operates a ferry service in the northern reaches of the city.

The women commuters would also be equipped with a digital App that would help them to track their live locations and the routes of the buses.

Fare price issues with BEST

Recently, the BEST bus service has reduced its bus fare price from Rs 8 to Rs 5. This move by the bus service was followed after the BEST workers went on a strike. As for now, after the price restoration, there has been an upsurge in the number of people who are using public transport. Meanwhile, the number of commuters has increased from 17 lakhs to 25 lakhs.

Read also: BMTC introduces first women-only bus service dedicated to IT employees

A call on BEST strike

The BEST Workers Union have threatened to go on an indefinite strike if their demands aren’t met. According to the BEST workers, there is a “non-completion” of the terms of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the administration and unions. However, the final call on the strike would be taken after a meeting between the administration and union leaders.

Udisha Srivastav is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv

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