Bombay:Each bus that will be integrated into the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) fleet will be an electric bus, Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray said on Monday and added that the entire BEST fleet will include electric buses by 2028.
Thackeray, who is also the custodial minister of Mumbai’s suburban district, said the double-decker buses operated by BEST will run on either electric power or hydrogen fuel cells, whichever is more capable. .
He was speaking as chair of a function at BMC headquarters, where the civic body signed a memorandum of understanding for three initiatives, namely: Women for Climate, Cities for Forests Campaign and e-Bus Mission, as part of the Mumbai Climate Change Action Plan.
“To build a progressive and environmentally friendly metropolis of Mumbai, quick straps are taken and the three MoUs signed today are important to it,” he said.
Thackeray added that the BMC has already implemented various measures for the conservation and protection of the environment. “Sorting wet-dry waste and planting 2.5 lakh of saplings under ‘Mazi Vasundhara Abhiman’ for urban forestry over the past year and a half is part of it,” he added.
“Go beyond that, now for rainwater conservation, housing companies, government offices and where possible drainage ditches should be dug,” Thackeray said.
He said trees should be planted as fences around transport islands, overflights and grounds.
“Climate change is intensifying and all countries are facing it. In such a situation, all political parties should come together and work together for sustainable development,” he demanded.
Speaking on the occasion, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said the government has set a target of 15% of public transport based on electric vehicles by 2025, but beyond that , the company has set itself the objective of providing 50% of public transport. based on electric vehicles by 2023.
Lokesh Chandra, CEO of BEST, said about 55 locations have been selected in the metropolis to charge electric vehicles. “Other charging stations will be installed there in the next 3 to 4 months thanks to a public-private partnership. This will also allow the general public to recharge their vehicles, ”he added.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar, local MP Arvind Sawant and others attended the event.
Pednekar said the MOUs have brought together the public and private sectors and that the agreement to increase women’s participation in environmental protection will give more space to women’s leadership.
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