BEST to have 1,900 electric buses by 2023
Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) will likely have around 50% of its buses to become Electric Vehicles (EVs) by mid-2023 said Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray.
The Minister was talking about the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Women4Climate, Cities4Forests and Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) beneath Mumbai’s Climate Action Plan (MCAP).
“We will have 1,900 electric buses in Mumbai by mid-2023. Also, 200 double-decker buses will be procured. The entire bus fleet will be turned to electric vehicles. We are also working on a renewable source of electricity,” stated Thackeray.
The WOMEN4CLIMATE initiative a mentorship programme will be launched under which 25 women will be trained for leadership roles fighting climate change said, Thackeray.
“Water percolation pits need to be created in open spaces, housing societies. I would urge all corporators to plant at least 100 trees in their respective electoral wards. We need to take steps now to fight climate change,” said Thackeray.
The BEST in 2020 had announced that it 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. 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 the 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.
In 2019, Uddhav Thackeray, the chief of Shiv Sena introduced 10 new electric buses which were enlisted into the fleet of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking. Thackeray additionally launched the new versatile mobile application, BEST Pravas which enable lakhs of commuters to track the buses and get their schedule of entry for each and every route. It will enable individuals to set an alarm that will intimate them when their stop arrives.
Out of the 10 electric buses, six are AC and four are non-AC. It will proceed from Route no. 302, which runs between Sion station and Mulund Check Naka.
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