MUMBAI: The BEST on Sunday launched eight new AC `green' buses to cater to an upmarket clientele of executives and managers travelling from the suburbs to south Mumbai daily. The objective is to dissuade them from keeping their cars off the road. The buses will ply on two fast-track routes-one from from Gorai depot in Borivli to Colaba and the other from Gorai to BKC. The TOI had first reported this on June 25.
The `green' buses were flagged off at a function organised at Gorai depot in Borivli on Sunday. The function was attended by Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam- who had proposed the `green' bus service for corporates-and actor Jackie Shroff. "Citizens staying in north Mumbai must patronise the green bus service. This will help reduce air pollution in the western suburbs,'' said Nirupam.
BEST general manager Om Prakash Gupta said that the `green' buses will help in reducing air pollution and traffic congestion in the city. "They will have limited stops and will ply over all the flyovers on the Western Express Highway,'' he said.
The BEST also plans to introduce Wi-fi connectivity, tea-coffee vending machines, TV sets with GPS and GPRS. They also plan to make magazines and newspapers available on the bus.