June 15, 2024

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300 BEST electric buses in Mumbai-Women drivers get preference

300 BEST electric buses in Mumbai

300 BEST electric buses in Mumbai-Women

drivers get preference




The BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) fleet is all set to hire 300 electric buses under the central government’s FAME-2 scheme.BEST in its contract for wet-leasing 300 electric buses urged the operator to give preference to woman drivers.

300 BEST electric buses in Mumbai

The BEST’s fleet is strengthening its fleet by adding 300 electric buses. The BEST agreed for the contract for wet-leasing 140 AC single-decker buses and 160 AC minibuses under FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme of the central government which will provide Rs 45 lakh for the minibuses and Rs 55 lakh for the single-decker buses.

Tata has been received Rs 1,259 crore contract to provide buses for 10 years. BEST has assured the business of 4,750 km for the single deckers and 4,200 km for the minibuses per month. In which the cost of the driver, maintenance and fuel will be taken care of by the provider whereas only the conductor will be provided by the BEST. BEST will pay an operational cost of Rs 83 per km for the single deckers and Rs 74 per km for the minibuses.




A senior BEST official said, “The clauses of the contract are being drafted to be in sync with NITI Aayog guidelines. If there are two people for the post of a driver, then priority will be given to women.”

In total, the BEST is set to get 1,249 buses on wet lease by March 31. Currently, it has received about 32 electric buses of the 40 under FAME I.

Recently, the Brihan-Mumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) issued a tender and is inviting bids from eligible firms for the public transport of 200 Electric Buses in Mumbai under Fame II.



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