BEST to get GPS, common card from November

This article was published on : August 7, 2019

BEST has fitted GPS and panic buttons in all its 3,201 buses, including 25 hybrid AC ones. Now, buses can be monitored for live tracking and the panic button can be used by the conductor or passengers in an emergency. Meanwhile, the first lot of five AC and five non-AC electric buses is being launched this month, with a new charging infrastructure at Dharavi depot.

BEST plans to run all electric buses in the island city initially, with charging facilities at Backbay, Colaba, Worli and Dharavi depots. These will be on long routes, such as Sion-Colaba, Mahim-Churchgate and Byculla-Regal, sources said.

BEST plans to get 1,000 more buses under the Central government’s FAME subsidy scheme, wherein the undertaking does not have to pay anything as the Centre will subsidise 60% of the capital cost.

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