Mumbai's civic transport body BEST gets 10 new single-decker electric buses

Mumbai's civic transport body BEST gets 10 new single-decker electric buses

Mumbai, Nov 23 (PTI) The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking has received 10 new single-decker electric buses from Hyderabad-based company Olectra Greentech, civic officials said on Thursday.

A BEST spokesperson said delivery of these 12-metre-long passenger vehicles was part of an agreement under which Olectra is going to supply 2,100 single-decker buses on a wet lease model, in which the operator takes care of drivers, fuel and maintenance aspects.

With the addition of the first lot, the number of Olectra's 12-metre-long buses in the BEST fleet rose to 30, while the count of its total vehicles under the transport undertaking's administration increased to 70, said the officials.

According to sources in BEST, the electric bus manufacturing firm had first supplied 40 midi buses to the civic-run transport undertaking, and later on it bagged a contract for supplying 2,100 buses of 12-metre length.

However, due to a legal battle over the contract, the delivery of buses got delayed, they said.

The BEST undertaking, with its around 3,000 buses, provides services in Mumbai and neighbouring cities like Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mira-Bhayandar. An estimated 30 lakh passengers travel by BEST buses daily.

After suburban trains, BEST is the most popular mode of transport in the country's financial capital.

As part of an expansion plan, the municipal transport body is inducting electric buses into its fleet, including double-decker ones.

According to the sources, BEST has more than 400 electric buses in its fleet. PTI KK RSY

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