Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

TURBHE: The coun­try’s first hy­brid bus has been in­ducted in the NMMT. The bus is presently un­der road test drives and could be in­tro­duced into ser­vice for com­muters in a week’s time. Two hy­brid buses are cur­rently parked at the Turbhe NMMT bus de­pot.

The NMMT, af­ter run­ning diesel and then CNG buses, has de­cided to now run hy­brid buses. Ac­cord­ingly, the ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cided to pro­cure the buses un­der JNNURM.

The ini­tial de­ci­sion was to pro­cure five buses in the first stage. How­ever, it has now de­cided to pro­cure only two.

The NMMT will be­come the first pub­lic trans­port body to op­er­ate a hy­brid bus in the coun­try.

“No pub­lic trans­port body in the coun­try has as yet op­er­ated hy­brid buses. We have taken it on a pi­lot project ba­sis,” said an NMMT of­fi­cial.

“The bus runs five km on diesel and then five km on bat­tery. It will help curb pol­lu­tion,” he added.

The buses were in­au­gu­rated in Mum­bai dur­ing the Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme.

CNG buses had been in­ducted five years ago, as an en­vi­ron­ment-friendly mea­sure. How­ever, the body has found them to be a loss-mak­ing propo­si­tion due to a num­ber of main­te­nance is­sues.

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