By Accommodation Times News Services
With an attempt to make Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) a smart city, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has initiated bus facilities for BKC commuters travelling from Bandra, Kurla and Sion stations to BKC.
The authorities purchased 25 fully built 32 seat single decker electric\hybrid series diesel passenger air-conditioned buses for commuter convenience in BKC. The Metropolitan Commissioner, in the presence of Hon. Chief Minister and MMRDA Chairman Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, issued Purchase Order to M/s. Tata Motors Ltd.
These buses will shuttle between Bandra, Kurla and Sion suburban railway stations from Bandra-Kurla Complex for commuter convenience in BKC. These buses will ply in the dedicated bus lanes of the Complex.
The buses have been purchased under the initiative taken by MMRDA to promote clean fuel and supported by the policy FAME 2015 which is about promoting electric transport under National Electric Mobility Mission 2020. This initiative also fits into Smart BKC project approved by authority.
The Government of India has agreed to provide technical and partial financial backing to MMRDA for the 50-crore project that enjoys many a first. Besides this being the first such project under the Department of Heavy Industries’ Policy, MMRDA is the first government agency to buy hybrid buses in India and even M/s. Tata Motors Ltd. are the first company that will build such buses!
M/s. Tata Motors Ltd. will provide 25 electric/hybrid air-conditioned buses to MMRDA and maintain the same for 5 years. BEST has agreed, in principle, to operate these buses as their usual fleet.
The first of such ply-ready buses will be delivered in three months for testing and feedback and rest of the buses will start plying in a year’s time thereafter.