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AC mini buses a hit in south Mumbai

AC mini buses a hit in south Mumbai



The AC mini buses deployed by BEST to connect Malabar Hill, Peddar Road, Cumballa Hill and Breach Candy—where residents and students depend heavily on road transport to travel to railway stations-—have gained popularity in less than a week since their introduction. Till date, nearly 200 21-seater AC buses have hit the roads to provide last-mile connectivity to lakhs of commuters across the city and suburbs.

Dr Bomi Pardiwala, who daily travels by the small red bus from his residence near Nalanda bus stop in Peddar Road to his clinic at Grant Road, said: “In the past, we would have to wait for a long time for a bus, there was chaos during peak hours and people often switched to other modes of transport. But the new AC mini buses are a boon as they are affordable, comfortable and more importantly, the frequency of the bus on my route A-155 (Peddar Road) is just three minutes.” It is a circular route which covers Cumballa Hill and Peddar Road.

Sophia College students usually spend Rs 10 per seat for a crammed share-taxi ride to the railway station. “We are happy to have the affordable AC bus commute now,” said Charmie Gala, a student.

Many residents now prefer to travel by the AC mini buses for short distances. “The Rs 6 fare is a hit with passengers. The buses are also well maintained by the private agency,” said Mohan Srivastava, who took A-63 bus from Byculla station to Breach Candy Hospital.