After a decade of stagnation, the BEST is all set to increase its fleet size to 4,000 from the current 3,400. Announcing the budget estimates for the year 2009-10, BEST General Manager Uttam Khobragade pointed out that the size of BEST’s fleet has remained constant for last 10 years. He pointed out that BEST has managed this feat despite cutting fares for 60% of the passengers last year. The move to cut fares had invited criticism from all quarters, including trade unions. Officials said that if the reforms continue to be implemented in the same manner, next few years will see the bus division of BEST becoming self-sustainable. Khobragade said he was optimistic that the BEST will cross a turnover of Rs4,000 crore next year.
January 31, 2015
November 5, 2009