BEST offers concession to SSC, HSC students

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking has decided to make available bus tickets at concessional rates for all students studying in civic schools and appearing for their Class X board examinations to reach their examination centres.

The concessional rate will only be made available for the duration of the examinations, which begin on March 2. Students usually get passes at concessional rates on bus tickets to travel to their school.

"Students don't necessarily get their own schools as examination centres and have to travel that extra mile. Those attending municipal schools come from humble backgrounds and may not be able to afford traveling to their exam centres by auto-rickshaws and taxis, hence this will be useful," said BEST committee member Kedar Hombalkar from the MNS.

Hombalkar had demanded that travel be made free for Class X municipal school students for the period of their examinations. The proposal was however not accepted owing to financial constraints of the cash-strapped BEST.

"The fare applicable to these students will be the concessional fare declared in the tariff booklet of the BEST. For example, for the first slab it will be Rs 3 instead of the usual Rs 5," Gupta said.

To avail the benefit, students will have to produce hall tickets and proof that they belong to a municipal school.

The BEST administration has also asked its bus drivers and conductors to permit students giving their Class X and Class XII standard board examinations to board the bus from the front door for the duration of their exams.

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