Coronavirus Pandemic: MSRTC and BEST buses to operate for essential service workers


Coronavirus Pandemic: MSRTC and BEST buses to operate for essential service workers
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With the implementation of Section 144 in the state, Mumbai local trains have been shut down until March 31. The move has been brought in effect to prevent large gatherings of people amid the coronavirus pandemic. It is noteworthy, that Mumbai local trains are said to be lifeline of the city and in the past no matter how grim the situation, they have never been shut down for such a long duration. 

When this news of Mumbai local being shut broke out, there were wide spread concerns regarding how the people engaged in emergency services will reach their offices. For the same, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced that there have been several bus routes arranged. This will consist of services from the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) as well as the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC).

The action plan, according to a circular, will be as follows:

  • MSRTC will operate buses at a frequency of five minutes from railway stations beyond the regions that are not under the jurisdiction of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to changeover points in the city.
  • These changeover points are Borivali station (East), Thane (Khopat bus stop) and Vashi Railway station.
  • Once MSRTC buses reach the changeover point, BEST will operate different routes from the changeover point to various parts of Mumbai.
  • You will only be allowed to use the services if you belong to the essential service category. For which, you will need to produce an ID card to show that you belong to the essential service category.

MSRTC will provide services on the following routes:

Western Railway

  • Palghar to Borivali station
  • Virar to Borivali station
  • Virar to Dadar
  • Nalasopara to Borivali station
  • Vasai to Borivali station

Central Railway

  • Asangaon to Thane
  • Badlapur to Thane
  • Ambernath to Thane
  • Kalyan to Dadar
  • Kalyan to Thane
  • Dombivali to Thane

Harbour Line

  • Panvel to Vashi
  • Panvel to Dadar

Here are the BEST bus routes that will be available:

  • 504 LTD – Vashi Railway Station to Wadala Depot
  • 440 LTD – Borivali Station East to Wadala Depot
  • C-12 – Cadbury Junction (Thane West) to Rani Laxmibai Chowk
  • 202 LTD – Gorai Depot to Mahim
  • 4 LTD – Oshiwara Depot to Hutatma Chowk
  • 33 – Goregaon Station to Pandit Paluskar Chowk
  • C12 – Dahisar Bus Station to Santacruz Bus Station (East)
  • 718 LTD – Dindoshi Bus Station to Bhayander Station East
  • 302 Rani Laxmi Chowk to Maharana Pratap Chowk (Mulund Check Naka)
  • 8 LTD – Shivaji Nagar to Hutatma Chowk
  • 25 LTD – Prabodhankar Thackeray Udyan (Sewri) to Vihar Lake
  • 7 LTD – Backbay Depot to Vikhroli Depot
  • 396 LTD – Agarkar Chowk (Andheri East Station) to Maharana Pratap Chowk (Mulund Check Naka)
  • 403 LTD.- Agarkar Chowk to Mulund East
  • 461 LTD – Mulund Check Naka to Gorai Depot
  • 398 LTD – Dindoshi Bus Station to Mulund Bus Station
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