Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Shatterproof Glass for BRTS Buses in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has decided to make the windows of its air-conditioned bus fleet, which also includes Kinglong buses, bullet proof.

A private firm will provide the bulletproof sun protection UV films for the glasses of the windows in exchange of advertising rights said Dilip Patel, chairman of the undertaking.

Under the contract, BEST will earn around Rs 6,700 per bus and it will be extended to all new AC buses to be procured.

"The films will provide 99% UV protection and are also heat and scratch resistant. In case of a breakage, the glass will hold 95% of the fragments as compared to the usual 65%. This will help protect buses from vandalism," said Patel.

Presently, BEST has 50 Kinglong and 20 regular AC buses. The fleet will be augmented by another 200 by the end of this year.

"There are around 7-8 glasses on either side of the bus with two big glasses in the front and rear. Each glass would cost more than Rs 10,000,' Patel added.

Source:Times of India-roana.costa@timesgroup.com

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