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Mumbai: Citizens want govt, BMC to ‘save’ BEST

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A group of citizens have come together to save the BEST from sinking as they feel neither the BMC nor the state government is doing much to save this decades-old public transport body. On January 7, a citizen group that calls itself ‘Aamchi Mumbai, Aamchi BEST’ discussed how travelling by BEST buses has become problematic over the past few months and that the administration is doing little to get it out of trouble.

Farzana Shaikh, a Bandra resident, is scared of travelling by trains. “I have lost my eyesight and am afraid of taking trains. Auto rickshaws get expensive. BEST was the best option for me as a bus stop was located right outside my house. Now the bus route has been cancelled and other buses rarely come on time. I wish the government does something to save the BEST,” she said.

Rashmi Divekar from Chembur lambasted BEST administration for making decisions that adversely affected people. “They are busy increasing ticket fares that affects common men like us, but are unable to recover dues from bus depots handed over to developers that are stuck in a limbo.”