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Mum: 10 BEST buses to turn into mobile toilets


MUMBAI: BMC, not able to bail out a cash-strapped BEST, would possibly convert 10 of its iconic purple buses into mobile toilets for the ones stuck in visitors jams in the town. The value of buying an old BEST bus in an auction might be around Rs 3 lakh, resources stated.

The resources added that if the proposal is cleared, the toilets may come up alongside the Eastern and Western Express Highways and different roads. Mooted by way of Sewri corporator Sachin Padwal over a yr in the past, the proposal to transform buses which might be set to be scrapped will come up for clearance this month. Officials from BMC's municipal secretary department stated the matter have been listed in February's time table of the general frame meeting.

BMC opposition leader Ravi Raja has adverse the transfer, saying BEST had the reputation of being some of the very best public delivery undertakings in the nation. "It will be an insult to the organisation to convert its buses into toilets," he stated, adding, "I will demand at the civic general body meeting that BMC construct stationary toilets of international standard along highways and busy roads, and spare the red buses."

He stated BMC should instead bail out the cash-strapped BEST, which has been not able to get a unmarried new bus after hanging up 113 for scrap this yr. Waiting time at bus-stops has greater to 45 minutes too.

Padwal stated the principle explanation why for proposing the toilets used to be the continuing Metro paintings. "It takes hours to reach from South Mumbai to the suburbs with the massive work going on along Western Express Highway. In SoBo, there is underground Metro work, while in the suburbs, it's elevated. Senior citizens and diabetic patients are the most troubled as they find it difficult to find a washroom or toilet to relieve themselves. In such a situation, it's important the administration considers turning old buses into mobile toilets. These buses can be moved from one location to another," he stated.


The factor used to be referred to the civic administration, which issued a note that if buses have been procured in an auction, BMC should make sure that they're maintained properly and special permission is sought from RTO to ply buses which might be more than 15 years old. The note also mentioned that "BMC will have to inspect the buses at Anik depot before procuring them in an auction. Such old buses are usually not in a good running condition and are polluting. So, BMC will have to ensure they are repaired and are in a good condition if they have to be converted," the note mentioned.


Padwal stated BMC should make sure that the buses are redesigned to be used by way of women and men. "They can be modified with an appropriate design suiting needs of all motorists. I have been pursuing this proposal for very long and am happy the civic body and BEST administration have positively responded to it," he stated. He stated it used to be unfortunate the problem used to be being politicized by way of the Opposition.


The value of rebuilding the buses as toilets and repair prices have now not been discussed. Modalities usually are worked out as soon as the proposal is cleared.




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