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BEST Will Have Electric Buses by 2028 for all its Operational Places

BEST Will Have Electric Buses by 2028 for all its Operational Places

Everyday the world is making efforts to spread the knowledge and use of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles are in the utmost need in present and future. Each state in India is entering into the advancement of electric vehicles. Now, the Maharashtra government has taken further steps in this regard and will run electric buses. It is handled by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) which is a civic transport and electricity provider public body based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It was originally set up in 1873 as a tramway company called "Bombay Tramway Company Limited".

Maharashtra environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said, “Every bus to be inducted in the fleet of the BEST and will be an electric one.”

In a function at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters, where Aaditya Thackeray was the chairperson, having civic body signed a Memorandum of Understanding for three initiatives namely- Women for Climate, Cities for Forests Campaign and e-Bus Mission, under the Mumbai Climate Change action plan.

He added,” For building a progressive and eco-friendly Mumbai metropolis, rapid steps are being taken and the three MOUs signed today are important for it."

How Many Operational Places have been Selected for Electric Vehicles?

Lokesh Chandra, general manager of BEST, said,” About 55 places have been selected in the metropolis to charge electric vehicles. More charging stations will be set up there in the next 3 to 4 months through a public-private partnership. This will also enable the general public to charge their vehicles."

What are Environmental Actions?

Minister Aaditya Thackeray said,” The BMC had already implemented various measures for the conservation and protection of the environment. Sorting of wet-dry waste and planting of 2.5 lakh saplings (Young Trees) under 'Mazi Vasundhara Abhiman' for urban forestry in the last one-and-a-half years is part of it."

"Going beyond that, now for conservation of rainwater, housing societies, government office premises, and wherever possible drainage ditches should be dug," Thackeray said.