MUMBAI: In an attempt to end “unhealthy” competition between bus corporations in the neighbourhood and promote route and time sharing, BEST has made a unique proposal to the state–bring BEST as well as TMT and NMMT, the bus undertakings in Navi Mumbai, Thane and Mira Road-Bhayander, on a common service platform.
Besides ensuring that there is no clash in services, the objectives include optimum utilization of buses, better frequency and availability of more buses during peak hours.
He further said the proposal has been sent to the state and the BMC. Sources said the state has already swung into action, with the transport department holding a meeting to work out the modalities. “After all, the resources–the buses–come from public money. Why compete?” said Patil, who is keen on improving the quality of bus services. For instance, he said, if a bus from Thane is leaving at a particular time in the morning, a BEST bus should adjust its timings in such a way that it operates only after the Thane bus has left.