BEST commits 6,000 buses on road in Mumbai.
Pune on the road to make 50 buses per lakh people a reality.


During ‘Take the Bus: A Path to Sustainable Future for Maharashtra’ webinar organised by Parisar as part of Lakh ko 50 campaign by SUM Net India, Dr. Surendrakumar Bagde, the General Manager of BEST, Mumbai, declared that BEST is committed to making public transport efficient by expanding the bus fleet in a phase-wise manner. For Phase I, a target of 6,000 buses has been set, which is double the current fleet size. Notably, with 6,000 buses on road, Mumbai will have 50 buses per lakh people in Mumbai, a demand of ‘Lakh ko 50’ campaign. In Phase II, BEST aims to have 10,000 buses on road, which will be highest for any city in India.

With buses becoming the only lifeline of Mumbai, Dr. Bagde confirmed that necessary steps - like floating tender to acquire new buses on wet-lease model, replacing the scrapped buses with new ones, etc. - for speeding up deployment of buses on the road are being taken up.

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The newly-appointed Chairman and Managing Director, Mr. Rajendra Jagtap in July announced that Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) is committed to improving its services by having 50 buses per lakh people in the city. The necessary steps to make this possible are being carried out starting with hiring 650 new electric buses. The target of 50 buses per lakh people will be achieved in a phase-wise manner.

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