Hy­brid buses to start from Oc­to­ber-end

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - STAFF RE­PORTER

The much-awaited hy­brid bus ser­vices, which aim to ease con­ges­tion and pro­vide bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity to com­muters of Ban­draKurla Com­plex, is set to be­gin from Oc­to­ber-end.

Of­fi­cials con­firmed that ten buses have been reg­is­tered with the Re­gional Trans­port Of­fice (RTO). The bus ser­vices will be op­er­ated by the Bri­han­mum­bai Elec­tric Sup­ply and Trans­port (BEST).

Mum­bai Metropoli­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MMRDA) was sup­posed to launch the bus ser­vice by Au­gust.

How­ever, the launch has been de­layed by two months. The ser­vice would be started within BKC and Ban­dra, and between Kurla and Sion rail­way sta­tions.

The BKC area, known as a mega busi­ness hub of the city, wit­nesses a foot­fall of over five lakh daily.

On an av­er­age, more than one lakh ve­hi­cles ply within BKC. This poses as a ma­jor prob­lem for BKC com­muters to step out and reach the sub­ur­ban rail­way sta­tion due to traf­fic con­ges­tion on the road dur­ing peak hours.

More­over, even a pri­vate ve­hi­cle takes more than an hour to reach the near­est rail­way sta­tion, Ban­dra and Kurla, from BKC.

TATA Mo­tors will sup­ply five buses ev­ery month. With a BS IV com­pli­ant diesel power engine the hy­brid buses fea­ture a fully elec­tric drive train with on­board charg­ing. The ecofriendly buses were pur­chased from Tata Mo­tors Ltd and each bus, which cost around Rs 1.6 crore, each is an air-con­di­tioned 32-seater hy­brid se­ries bus. MMRDA will be in­tro­duc­ing 25 buses in to­tal. The min­i­mum fare will be Rs 15 and max­i­mum fare will be Rs 25. The buses will op­er­ate both on diesel and bat­tery and could run for 24 hours on the road till charged again.

The ser­vice would be started within BKC and Ban­dra, and between Kurla and Sion rail­way sta­tions. The BKC area, known as a mega busi­ness hub of the city, wit­nesses a foot­fall of over five lakh daily.

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