Maharashtra Environment minister Aaditya Thackeray on Monday said 100% of BEST’s fleet will be electric by 2028. Thackeray was speaking at an event at BMC’s headquarters, where three MoUs related to Mumbai Climate Action Plan were signed on Monday. The action plan is being formulated by BMC along with the state environment ministry and World Resources Institute India, which has been engaged as a technical partner.
“The @myBESTBus has 386 EV buses currently and we are looking at 1900 EV buses & 200 double-decker buses, converting 50% fleet to electric by 2023 & 100% by 2028. @WRICitiesIndia & GiZ will optimize a smooth transition for the consumer and last-mile connectivity for BEST. As BMC focuses on making more urban forest thickets, we must ensure that we involve our citizens in planting trees native to Mumbai and cool the neighbourhoods. For us, development and sustainable living in Mumbai go hand in hand. Our policies and initiatives reflect this ethos. Taking this goal ahead facilitated the signing of 3 MoUs, to further strengthen Mumbai Climate Action Plan,” Aaditya tweeted.
The MoUs signed include Women for Climate, Cities for Forests Campaign and the e-Bus Mission.
The e-Bus Mission is an agreement under Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative to upgrade BEST buses. Under it, best resources will be provided along with technical assistance by WRI India, BMC said. “The number of electric buses is constantly increasing at BEST. The experience of WRI, an international organization, will be crucial in providing technical assistance to BEST administration in planning for infrastructure, performance appraisal and civic policy planning and other issues for charging BEST buses.
It will provide easy, easy technical guidance for BEST to convert from traditional buses to electric buses, as well as encourage at least five small towns to adopt electric buses in future.