Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) and Hinduja Group flagship, Ashok Leyland, today joined hands to implement a green initiative in BEST’s bus fleet.
Under this initiative, Ashok Leyland has converted 761 BEST buses to now run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), a press release said here.
“This conversion activity has benefited BEST in reducing emissions from its fleet. It has also helped improve the operational efficiency, with lower operational costs”, BEST’s General Manager, Uttam Khobragade, said.
In a joint operation under the direct supervision of Ashok Leyland engineers in collaboration with a team of Automotive Manufacturers (an Ashok Leyland dealer) and BEST technical officers, 761 diesel BSII buses of BEST have been converted to CNG BSIII buses in 10-months, the release said.
It is the first instance of such mass-scale conversion by a vehicle manufacturer offering environmental and economic benefits, it said.
Currently, over 6,500 CNG buses from Ashok Leyland are in operation in the country, the release said.