The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking to expand its fleet size to 7,000 buses within three months as a condition to receive grants from the corporation.According to a proposal, the BMC is willing to initially provide ₹600 crore to the ailing bus transport undertaking but has laid certain conditions. It has asked the bus undertaking to reduce the minimum fare of mini buses to ₹5 from the current ₹8. BEST will be asked to submit a report to the BMC after it complies with the conditions. The proposal will be discussed in Wednesday’s Standing Committee meetingSoon after taking charge, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had taken a decision in May to give a grant of ₹100 crore to BEST. In a meeting with the BEST administration, the BMC had recommended wet leasing of buses to increase its fleet, giving real-time updates of a bus’s current location at bus stops, commercial exploitation of BEST assets, among other meausres.The BMC had said the BEST administration needed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the BEST Workers’ Union to settle the long-standing dispute over the wet leasing of buses. The crucial MoU was signed last week, where the administration agreed to retain 3,337 buses of its fleet while the union allowed for further fleet expansion through the wet lease model. BMC will be giving the BEST ₹600 crore as subsidy, out of which ₹400 crore will be given from its contingency fund and the rest from another fund available with BMC.Once the proposal is passed in the Standing Committee and agreed upon by all parties, the BMC will disburse ₹100 crore to the BEST. However, further disbursals will happen only once the administration starts implementing the conditions. The BMC will have to create a new budget head, for which it requires permission from the Standing Committee and corporation.Activists have said the reduction of fare was a welcome step but only if executed across all routes, and not in a piecemeal manner. “We feel grants should be made unilaterally and not with conditions to wet lease. BEST is, after all, a public service,” transport expert Hussain Indorewala said.A senior BEST official said the condition to procure 7,000 buses was difficult and the issue of fare reduction will need to be analysed better. “Our main focus was to ensure the execution of the contract given for 450 buses. We want to ensure that the buses arrive in the next few months and their operations begin,” the official said.
Chelsea Morata scores hat-trick to equal Costa’s record start at Chelsea Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 22:39 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Chelsea Morata Stoke City v Chelsea Stoke City Premier League The former Real Madrid forward has helped to smooth the transition from his Spain international colleague, with the goals continuing to flow Alvaro Morata is showing that Chelsea were right to trust him with succeeding Diego Costa, with the striker continuing his impressive start in the Premier League.The Blues spent big to lure the Spain international away from Real Madrid once the decision was taken to move in a different direction.Chelsea 5/2 to beat Atletico Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Antonio Conte opted to freeze Costa out, despite being a two-time Premier League title winner, and turn to a man with no prior experience in the English top flight.Morata has, however, justified that show of faith, with his hat-trick against Stoke further highlighting that he is capable of filling some big boots at Stamford Bridge.After his early opener, Morata netted an impressive solo goal, charging through Stoke’s half before beating the keeper. He then managed to nudge Cesar Azpilicueta’s chested pass in to put his side 4-0 up.With six goals and two assists, he has now been involved in as many goals in the Premier League as Costa had in his first six games.17 – Alvaro Morata is the 17th player to score a @premierleague hat-trick for Chelsea – only Arsenal have had more (19). Collection.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017Morata marked his Premier League debut with a goal in a 3-2 defeat to Burnley.He then netted against Everton and Leicester, while laying on two efforts for grateful team-mates.The 24-year-old was also able to shake a scoring monkey off his back against Stoke, as he found the target for the first time with his feet.That’s the perfect way to start and Morata has that goal with his feet he’s been wanting! #STKCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 23, 2017While Morata is quickly cementing a standing as the new darling of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have sanctioned the sale of Costa to Atletico Madrid and he will embark on a second spell with the La Liga giants from January.