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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray flagged off new electric BEST buses for the south Mumbai area. Now, the entire fleet of the iconic red BEST fleet of public buses catering to South Mumbai has gone electric with the launch of 24 new e-buses. The total BEST fleet of these buses is now 270.
Another 140 buses shall join the fleet by the month-end. The electric buses are 12 metre long and are air conditioned, noise-free and zero-pollution vehicles with a capacity of 35 passengers each.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister announced that the government is planning to issue a BEST single-pass or ticket, which will be valid even on suburban trains and Metro rails for hassle-free commute for the citizens.
Under the new EV policy, the number of e-vehicles in the BEST fleet would increase by 15 per cent, and the BMC has set a target of inducting 1,800 (45 per cent of total fleet) e-buses by mid-2023. The flagging off was done on the occasion of the 74th foundation day celebrations of the BrihanMumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST), which came under the control of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation on August 7, 1947.