12th Nov, 2017
THANE: Close on the heels of Mumbai, commuters from Thane will also be able to avail the services of 10 hi-tech electric powered buses that are likely to be deployed by January next year in the city.
The buses are in the final stages of testing following which they will be pressed into service.
While commuters will not only get a convenient air-cooled option for intra-city travel, the Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) will also benefit with revenue without spending on procurement or maintenance of these buses unlike the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) that has to spend from its pockets for the same.
The 32-seater buses will be GPS enabled, air-conditioned with free WiFi service.
"The first batch of 10 buses are ready to be pressed into service but need to undergo a few fitness tests and checks on brakes and power charging sustenance as the same is being introduced for the first time in the city. The vehicles are presently at the manufacturing unit in China and on successful testing, will be shipped to the city where more tests will be undertaken at the local level before pressing them into service," said civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal.
Meanwhile, the civic body has made all preparations for operating the facility. A charging station has been started at the Anandnagar octroi naka and a depot is also being readied.
These buses of Amkai make will operate completely on electricity and a single full charge will ensure a ride of 180km that is nearly five trips to and from Dadar to Thane city.
Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com