Two new AC buses will also ply from the CSMT to the Nariman Point in Mumbai.
In a bid to revamp the face of public travel in South Mumbai, the BEST has added 24 all-electrical buses to its present fleet. This addition has been introduced as part of the transport agency's plan to replace the majority of services with non-polluting vehicles. With this, the BEST fleet holds around 270 e-buses in its wagon. This number will reportedly scale up to 1,800 electrical vehicles by mid-2023.
BEST e-buses to streamline public travel in South Mumbai
The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST), in the presence of Maharashtra state CM, flagged off 24 new electric buses in Mumbai. These services are set to ply in South Mumbai to reduce the overall city pollution. Additionally, these buses can travel up to 200 kilometres on a single charge, paving an economical route for public travel in Mumbai. At present, the BEST is constructing electric vehicle charging stations at depots and stations at Worli and Dharavi.
The new fleet consists of 12-meter-long buses, that can ferry up to 59 passengers at one time. The buses will also be equipped with wheelchair access and Global Positioning System (GPS) along with panic buttons. This parcel of 24 buses, along with the 32 previously operating vehicles, will streamline commute in South Bombay alone, read reports.
According to the BEST timeline, about 10 e-buses were launched in Mumbai in September 2019. At present, there are 270 such buses, while the agenda targets a total of 1,800 such vehicles in near future. These buses will be procured in a gradual and graded manner, BMC officials stated.
Two new AC buses in the BEST fleet
@CMOMaharashtra flagged off Electric Bus routes today:
A-115: Between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and NCPA via Churchgate &
A-116: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to NCPA via RBI, Museum
Timing: 8.00 to 19.30 (every 5 min)#bestupdates #ElectricVehicle pic.twitter.com/xeJeKfNzdm
— BEST Bus Transport (@myBESTBus) August 7, 2021
Reportedly, two new AC buses have also been commissioned to run from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to Nariman Point in Mumbai. Inaugurated by the CM, Bus No. A-115 will run between CSMT to NCPA via Churchgate while Bus No. 116 will run between CSMT to NCPA via RBI Museum, from 8 AM to 7:30 PM, every 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, the state of Maharashtra is presently planning to launch a universal travel pass to facilitate commute in BEST buses, metro and railways by December 2021. This travel pass will further organise the structure of public commute in the city, elevating it under a unitary initiative.