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Now, many Mumbaikars can afford a Merc to office

Last updated on: October 21, 2010 08:49 IST

Now, many Mumbaikars can afford a Merc to office

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Mercedes, the world famous luxury automobile company, has lent three buses to Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport undertaking in Mumbai to find the road-worthiness of the vehicles on an experimental basis, reports N Ganesh.

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Image: A Mercedes bus operated by BEST passes the iconic Chhatrapatti Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salve
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Merc lends 3 buses for one-month trial period

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The 38-seater air-conditioned buses would be run by the BEST for a period of one month on existing three routes.

The three routes that have been selected to ply the Mercedes buses are route number 440 from Wadala to Borviali, route number 503 from Wadala to Kalamboli and route number AS1 from Cadbury junction in Thane to Backbay Depot.

 


Image: BEST plies Mercedes buses in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salve
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BEST will be plying Mercedes buses for first time

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Currently BEST is plying buses of Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors. This would be first time that BEST would be plying Mercedes buses.

After the one-month trial period, the buses would be returned to the Mercedes.


Photographs: Sahil Salve
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'It is like a free ride'

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"We want to provide Merc luxury at the cost of the existing AC bus ticket. It is like a free ride offered to a buyer by the car company so that the commuter can get a feel of it," BEST General Manager, O P Gupta said.

As of now BEST has no plans to procure the Mercedes buses.

 


Image: Commuters inside BEST operated Merc buses in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salve
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