Mumbai: Here’s some good news for women and senior citizens travelling by BEST buses. The transport undertaking has increased reserved seats for women from the existing six seats to 12 seats per bus; senior citizens will now have not just two but four reserved seats. The new quotas will come into effect from August 1. The reservation for handicapped persons remains the same.
The reservation has been revised not just for the ordinary red buses, but also for the double-deckers and the airconditioned buses. In double-deckers, women will now have 10 reserved
seats—which means four additional seats—and “senior citizens & handicapped” will have three commonly reserved seats.
In the AC buses, women previously had only two reserved seats. This has now been increased to six, while senior citizens will get two seats which they will share with handicapped persons and two more seats reserved exclusively for them.
The reservation in midi buses was two for women, two for handicapped and one for senior citizen. It has now been increased to six for women, two for handicapped and three for senior citizens.
“There was a huge demand to reserve more seats for women and senior citizens. In fact, I was flooded with several letters and phone calls from Mumbaikars,’’ said BEST committee chairperson Sanjay Potnis.
Bowing to public demand, the BEST management decided to increase the reserved seats quota. BEST general manage Om Prakash Gupta said, “We respect all senior citizens and women who travel by our buses daily. We want to ensure that their travel is less cumbersome and that they dont have to go standing.”