CITY TO GET ITS FIRST HYBRID BUS
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.