BEST recently announced that it would ply AC services to Imagica.
Yep, you heard that right. BEST, which has been incurring heavy losses for several years now, has decided it will ply AC buses to Imagica. Apart from this, BEST has managed to get Diamond Traders to sign a ₹80,000 agreement for bus services from Andheri to Seepz.
BEST is also looking at tying up with IPL to provide bus connectivity to stadiums during matches, something that BMTC has been doing for the past few years.
The bus to Imagica leaves from CST at 7am in the morning and costs ₹500 for a round trip. Tickets can be booked the previous night on Imagica’s website.
Now, the question is, what buses is BEST using? Since it is a weekend bus, they can probably use the Volvo on Sunday when AS-4 is not operational.
Using them Purple Faeries on this route, would severely ruin BEST’s image as only a handful of them are good, mostly from the Oshiwara Depot.
The BEST must not make the BMTC mistake however. BMTC rents out its newer Volvo buses to corporate bodies such as Manayata Embassy Business Park [MEPB] and the Outer Ring Road Companies Association [ORRCA] and leaves the older, much older KA-01-FA series Volvo buses for the public to use. This is a good opportunity for BEST to resurrect the pathetic image that the AC fleet today has earned and replace it with the Premium luxury one that MSRTC enjoys for itself. BEST must ensure that all six Volvo buses don’t go for corporate trips leaving us at the mercy of the Purple Faeries. The Volvo buses must continue running on AS-4 and be used on the Fort Pheri services instead of idling at Backbay Depot. Similarly, BEST can use the AC buses that arrive at Colaba Depot as AS-9 on similar ring routes in SoBo with a subsidised fare to make them lucrative. This is needed, to keep the fleet running.
All said and done, I’m now excited at the prospect of seeing a BEST bus on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and hope to get to click a photograph soon.
Route and schedule
The BEST Bus to Imagica leaves CST at 7.15am. The following are it’s pickup points and their timings:
- Mumbai CST at 7.15am. [Bhatia Baug Bus Station]
- Bhendi Bazar at 7.25am. [Route No. 1 Bus Stop]
- Byculla Station at 7.35am. [Route No. 1 Bus Stop]
- Jai Hind Cinema at 7.45am. [Route No. 1 Bus Stop]
- Lalbaug at 7.50am. [Route No. 1 Bus Stop]
- Parel TT at 8.00am. [Route No. 1 Bus Stop]
- Dadar TT [Khodadad Circle] at 8.10am. [Route No. 1 Bus Stop]
- Maheshwari Udhyan at 8.15am. [Route No. 504 Bus Stop]
Arrival at Adlabs Imagica at 10.30am.
Buses from Borivali are provided by Neeta Travels. Who knows, this might be BEST soon.
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