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Public Transport in Mira-Bhayandar: In a significant development for the twin-city of Mira-Bhayandar, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) is set to receive a massive boost to its public transport system. Under the ambitious PM eBus Sewa scheme by the central government, the civic body has been allocated 100 electric buses, marking a pivotal step toward sustainable and eco-friendly transportation in the region. Let’s delve into the details of this game-changing initiative.
Mira Bhayandar Among 14 Cities to Benefit
Mira-Bhayandar finds itself among the privileged 14 cities in the state chosen to receive a share of the 1290 buses allotted under the PM eBus Sewa scheme. This move is part of the broader push to enhance public transport infrastructure across urban centers and promote the adoption of electric vehicles for a greener tomorrow.
Demand vs. Sanction: Understanding the Numbers
While the state government initially requested 1340 buses, including 50 extra buses for Thane, the final sanction stands at 1290 buses. This allocation adheres to the prescribed format under the scheme, showcasing a meticulous approach to meet the needs of Public Transport in Mira-Bhayandar.
Operational Model: Wet Lease – Gross Cost Contract
The operational framework for these buses involves a wet lease – gross cost contract (GCC) model. In this arrangement, private contractors will own, maintain, and operate the buses. They will also bear the responsibility of fuel (charging) costs, compensated through a fixed per-km rate. Notably, the central government will provide critical support with Rs.24 and Rs.22 per-km for standard and midi buses, respectively, towards operational costs over a decade.
Infrastructure Boost: Electric Charging and Depots
Beyond financial support, the government plans to enhance electric charging infrastructure and develop bus depots. This holistic approach ensures a seamless transition to electric buses and sets the stage for a sustainable and efficient public transport system.
The Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) will play a crucial role in the procurement process. They will float a unified tender for price discovery, streamlining the acquisition of different lots for the 1290 buses. This method aims for efficiency and transparency in the procurement process.
Public Transport in Mira-Bhayandar: Current Fleet Status and Growing Ridership
Public Transport in Mira-Bhayandar: Mira Bhayandar currently operates 74 diesel-powered buses on 18 routes, with an average ridership of 90,000 commuters daily. Notably, the recent addition of six electric buses under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) has brought the total fleet strength to 80 buses. With a significant surge in ridership, projections indicate crossing the 1.25 lakh mark in the coming months.
Strategic Move: BEST’s Electric Double Decker Buses in Mumbai Suburbs
In a parallel development, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) has responded proactively to Mumbai’s growing demand for improved public transportation. BEST has introduced a fleet of 10 new air-conditioned electric double-decker buses, catering to the Bandra Kurla route. This expansion aligns with BEST’s commitment to sustainable urban mobility, bringing the total count to 49 AC electric double-decker buses.
Future Plans for BEST and Urban Connectivity
BEST’s strategic move to extend services to areas like Kurla and BKC demonstrates a commitment to enhancing connectivity across the city. With plans to introduce the remaining 14 buses soon, BEST aims to fortify its position as a provider of eco-friendly and passenger-centric urban transportation.
Conclusion: A Sustainable Transit Future for Mira-Bhayandar
In conclusion, the allocation of 100 electric buses under the PM eBus Sewa scheme heralds a new era of sustainable and efficient public transportation in Mira-Bhayandar. As the region embraces electric mobility, the holistic approach of addressing infrastructure, operational models, and fleet expansion positions Mira-Bhayandar as a model for eco-conscious urban transit. With similar initiatives gaining traction across the country, the future looks promising for cities transitioning to greener and smarter public transport solutions.
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