Mumbai, Oct. 8 -- Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transportation (BEST) will have only electric buses in its fleet by 2027, and plans to procure 2,100 electric buses, provide dedicated services to corporate houses and business hubs, and set up 55 electric vehicle charging stations in the city. The announcement was made in its annual budget for the year 2022-23, on Friday, when BEST presented a budget of Rs.2,236.48 crore deficit, of which Rs.2,110.47 crore is deficit from transport. An outlay of Rs.695.18 has been made for capital expenditure for 2022-23.

The 2,100 e-buses will be procured on a gross cost contract model and will include 200 air-conditioned (AC) double-decker buses, 100 mini-AC buses, 400 midi AC buses, and 1,400 single-...