New Delhi, April 11: Commuters traveling in Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses will have to shell out more money from Thursday, April 12, as Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) has increased the fares for the distance more than four kilometers.

The new prices will be implemented from Thursday, April 12. According to reports, fares have been increased by Rs 1 to Rs 12 for distance more than 4 kilometers. The fare for air condition buses is Rs 20 (earlier it was Rs 15). There is a hike from Rs 50 to Rs 220 for monthly passes. For separate bus passes to island city and suburbs, the fare is Rs 10 now. The newly launched Hybrid AC buses fare is also increased by Rs 5.

A leader of opposition in BMC, Ravi Raja, has opposed this fare revision. At present, the BEST runs around 500 buses and nearly 30 Lakh passengers use this service in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. According to reports, the fare hike is part of the Undertaking’s effort to reduce their deficit loss and streamline their financial condition. Its parent organization, the BMC, has asked them to implement few steps so as to reduce expenses and improve revenues that would bring down the deficit to Rs 337 crore.