1st electric AC bus to hit the roads from Monday

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Mumbai: The city will finally get its first air-conditioned (AC) electric buses along with a few non-electric buses to ply on long routes spanning the eastern suburbs-from Pratikshanagar in Sion to Mulund-from Monday.

On the same day, the BEST will also launch its much-awaited mobile app which will empower commuters to rate a driver or  trip/bus quality in real-time mode and also track the position of any bus across the city.

A senior BEST official announced on Saturday that the stage has been set for the launch of the new electric buses, six of which will be AC and four non-AC.

“We have finalise route number 302  as the corridor on which these buses will operate. It will ferry passengers from Sion to Kurla and via LBS Marg, it will go through Kamani, Ghatkopar, Vikroli, Kanjurmarg and Bhandup before terminating at Mulund,” he said.

The buses will operate at the new fare Rs 6 for a 5-km ac ride and Rs 5 for non-ac buses. The maximum fare for an AC ride will be Rs 25 whereas it will be Rs 20 in a non-AC electric buses.

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