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Eco-friendly shuttle bus service for BKC?

mumbai Updated: Dec 08, 2014 00:43 IST
Saurabh Katkurwar
Saurabh Katkurwar

In a step towards introducing eco-friendly shuttle bus service between Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and the nearby stations, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to ply hybrid buses in the area.

Hybrid buses run on both Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and electricity.
The MMRDA had initially approached Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) to operate point-to-point service from various locations in BKC to Bandra, Sion and Kurla stations.

However, the body now has decided to approach Tata and Volvo to operate the service. As per the plan, around 40 buses will be used for the shuttle service.
“There are several issues with the maintenance of electric buses so we decided to go with hybrid ones. As BEST is not keen, we have decided to rope in private companies such as Tata and Volvo,” said MMRDA commissioner UPS Madan.

A BEST official, requested anonymity, said, “We already have a regular bus services on routes from BKC to the nearby stations. In addition, there will be no space in the depot at the BKC to park buses, if we operate shuttle bus service.”

This plan is significant as BKC has now become a key business hub. So commuters have no option, but to take auto-rickshaws to reach BKC from these stations.

What are hybrid buses?

Hybrid buses run on both Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and electricity
In April last year, MMRDA had planned to ply electric buses to encourage green transport in the BKC

The plan was dropped after the development authority decided to operate eco-friendly diesel buses with the help of BEST

The electric bus plan was again back on the drawing board in June this year
However, MMRDA has now decided to ply hybrid bus shuttle service due to issues with maintenance of electric buses.