Mumbai BEST introduces electric buses: The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) have introduced emission-free electric buses today, to cut down the fuel cost and provide environment-friendly solution. Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray inaugurated the eco-friendly bus service at Wadala depot. The introduced buses can run up to 200 km at a stretch once fully charged for three hours. Till now, the electric point is set only at the Backbay Depot.For the initial phase, the buses will run on routes around Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) and Churchgate station, including Route Number 138.BEST officials said that Rs. 90 crore was used to buy 185 regular buses, and the remaining Rs. 10 crore were used to buy electric buses from Goldstone Group which are being introduced today. The buses cost Rs. 1.61 crore each, which is more than double the price of regular buses and have a seating capacity of 30 people. With the introduction of electric buses, Mumbai will become the second city in Maharashtra to experiment with electric buses after Nagpur. Himachal Pradesh has also introduced these buses which travel between Kullu-Manali-Rohtang Pass.
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