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Battery-run buses in BKC soon?

BEST’s loss may turn out to be MSRTC’s gain. While the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) company is yet to respond to a year-old proposal by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to run a dedicated bus service from the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) to Bandra and Sion -- the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has jumped at the opportunity. In a proposal submitted to MMRDA, the MSRTC has said that it wants to start dedicated bus services from BKC to a few important locations in the city.


If MSRTC’s proposal is accepted, then apart from the current fleet of double deckers, eco-friendly buses will ply on routes from BKC to Sion and Kurla stations. File Pic

Confirming the same to SUNDAY MiD DAY, Metropolitan Commissioner UPS Madan said, “People coming to BKC from Bandra, Kurla and Sion stations face a problem because of the low frequency of buses. So we had plans to operate dedicated best bus services between these locations but we did not receive a positive response from BEST. Now MSRTC has approached us and have submitted a proposal to us in which they have said that they are interested in starting their dedicated bus services from BKC to few other important locations in Mumbai.”

MMRDA had even said that it will fund the buses and BEST will have to operate them. The decision regarding the revenue sharing was yet to be decided. However, the proposal is still lying on papers for unknown reasons. Sources in BEST said that as these are policy decisions nothing much can be revealed.

Recently MMRDA officials had spoken about starting electric or battery-operated buses from BKC to Bandra and Kurla railway stations. By operating these buses MMRDA wants to encourage green transport.

If the proposal submitted by MSRTC gets a go ahead then there are chances that the eco-friendly Euro-IV compliant buses will ply on these routes, ensuring green transport. According to the Metropolitan Commissioner, “We are already studying both the proposals and soon we will be conducting a meeting with the offices and property owners from BKC to know their opinion after which the final decision will be taken.”

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