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Mumbai: Thane-BKC route gets premium AC e-buses; book via Chalo app, check route & timings



Beginning Dec 12 (Monday), the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking will start its premium point-to-point bus service from Thane to Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).

Also known as ‘BEST Chalo Bus’ and distinguishable by its deep blue colour, the fleet will comprise four air-conditioned (AC), zero-emission electric buses )e-buses) that promise quick, comfortable journeys. With this, Mumbai will become the first city in India to have all-electric premium city bus service.

The Thane-BKC buses will run Monday through Saturday. In the first phase, the service has been started as an express route (for office-goers from Thane to BKC in the morning and back in the evening) and an all-day route between Bandra station and BKC during day time for other users. While the all-day route will cost Rs50 per person, the express route will cost Rs250 each. There is also a provision for passengers to avail travel subscriptions designed to save up to 50% on monthly travel.

Seats on these buses can be booked via Chalo App. The bus will stop only if a passenger is to be picked up based on a reservation, guaranteeing faster travel with fewer stops. The buses do not permit standing travel. 

Moreover, the BEST also plans to add 200 more e-buses on busy routes across the city in the coming months. “We are confident that the premium bus service will help thousands of Mumbaikars make a clean shift from their own vehicles and taxis,” said a senior BEST official.

Simply download BEST’s Chalo App and tap on Chalo Bus. Enter the point of pick up and destination to get 

the route list with the bus schedule. Pick the bus of your choice. You can either pay per ride or pay with a long-term plan.

Once you reserve a seat, you can find it on the home screen of the App, under the ‘Upcoming Reserved 

Trips’ section. Press ‘Tap to Board’ and share your booking ID to validate your reservation.

All-electric air-conditioned service with USB chargers and luxury seats

Seat reservation on the Chalo App 

Live tracking so that you can reach your stop in time to catch the bus 

Flexible rescheduling and cancelling option

Travel subscriptions that help you save up to 50% on your daily travel expenses Simply download the BEST Chalo App and tap on Chalo Bus. Enter the source and destination to get the route list with the bus schedule. Pick the bus of your choice, according to the time of travel. You can either pay per ride or pay with a long-term plan and reserve your seat. Once you reserve a seat, you can find it on the home screen of the app, under the ‘Upcoming Reserved Trips’ section. Press ‘Tap to Board’ and share your booking ID to validate your reservation. Now sit back and enjoy the ride!

BEST has announced a fixed one-way fare for the two routes 

All day Route | Bandra Station – BKC – ₹50

Express Route | Bandra Kurla Complex – Thane – ₹205

To encourage more Mumbaikars to try the Premium Bus service, BEST has also rolled out a Welcome Offer that gives five rides at a fraction of the cost of the one-way fare. The welcome offer can be purchased directly on the BEST Chalo app and is valid for 7 days.

All Day Route -First 5 rides for ₹10 only – ₹2 per trip cost

Express Route – First 5 rides for ₹100 only – ₹20 per trip cost. Passengers can also avail of travel subscriptions that have been designed to help them save up to 50% on their monthly travel.


Mumbai News: Massive Fire Engulfs Multi-Floor Building In SoBo’s Zaveri Bazar; Several Trapped Persons Rescued Safely (WATCH)




A Level III fire broke out in a multi-floor building located near the iconic Mumbadevi Temple in Zaveri Bazar, Kalbadevi, in the early hours of June 9. The incident was reported by the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) at 1.38 am. Prompt action was taken by the fire department, resulting in the safe evacuation of approximately 50-60 trapped individuals.

The fire has severely affected the ground, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth floors of the building. Over 12 fire tenders were involved in the firefighting operations.

Officials said that the fire was extinguished by 7.55 am. However, it is yet to be ascertained as to what caused the blaze.

Injuries Reported

One person sustained injuries said the officials. Parag Chakankar (40) had suffered minor burn in right hand and it was treated and discharged by medical team on site.

Details of the Incident

Upon arrival at the building located in Kalbadevi’s China Bazaar, the MFB declared the blaze a Level III fire around 3.25 am highlighting the severity of the situation. The fire was initially contained within the lower floors of the building but quickly spread to the upper six floors.

The intense heat and flames caused a part of the ceiling on the first and second floors, as well as a portion of the staircase, to collapse. No injuries have been reported thus far.

Rescue Efforts and Precautionary Measures

The Mumbai Fire Brigade swiftly initiated rescue operations, utilizing the adjacent building’s staircase to safely evacuate approximately 50-60 trapped individuals. Firefighters exhibited exemplary courage and professionalism while carrying out the rescue mission.

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Mumbai News: Cyclone Biparjoy Intensifies, City to Experience Heavy Rains Over Weekend




Mumbaikars are set to experience intense rain over the weekend. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in the Mumbai and Konkan regions on Saturday and Sunday, according to a five-day forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), which said on Wednesday that a low-pressure area over the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a depression by Friday evening. Isolated parts of Mumbai, Thane and Palghar will experience light to moderate rainfall from June 7, according to the IMD.

City in for heavy rain

“The deep depression intensified into the cyclonic storm Biparjoy over east-central Arabian Sea at 5.30 pm and is likely to move nearly northwards and intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours,” said an IMD official. The cyclone is also likely to lead to rough weather in the coastal areas of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala, IMD said and issued a five-day warning for the region from June 7. It warned fishermen in the region not to venture into the sea.

The wind speed in the Arabian Sea is likely to range from 80 kmph to 155 kmph over the next five days, according to the weather agency. Meteorologists, however, underlined that though the tentative track of the system is likely to be in the northward direction storms at times defy the predicted track and intensity.

Monsoon to progress slowly

Conditions have become favourable for the onset of the southwest monsoon in Kerala, because of Biparjoy, the first storm brewing in the Arabian Sea this year, according to experts. However, meteorologists predicted a “mild” onset over Kerala and “weak” progress beyond the southern peninsula. After the onset over Kerala, the monsoon is expected to remain “weak” until the storm degenerates around June 12, according to Mahesh Palawat, vice president (climate and meteorology) Skymet Weather.

“The powerful weather system in the Arabian Sea may spoil the advancement of the monsoon deep inland. Under their influence, the monsoon stream may reach coastal parts but will struggle to penetrate beyond the Western Ghats,” Skymet Weather had said on Tuesday.

Forecasting agencies said the storm has seen “rapid intensification”, escalating from just a cyclonic circulation to a severe cyclonic storm in just 48 hours, defying earlier predictions. Atmospheric conditions and cloud mass indicate that the system is likely to sustain the strength of a very severe cyclone till June 12, they said.

Climate change intensifying storms

Cyclonic storms in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea have been intensifying rapidly and retaining their intensity for a longer duration because of climate change, according to scientists.

“The oceans have become warmer already on account of climate change. A recent study shows that the Arabian Sea has warmed up by almost 1.2 degree Celsius since March. Thus, conditions are favourable for the rapid intensification of the system (Cyclone Biparjoy). So it has the potential to sustain the strength for a long period,” said Raghu Murtugudde, professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland and IIT Bombay.

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Navi Mumbai News: NMMC Seizes 450 Kg Of Banned Plastic, Collects ₹ 2.5 Lakh In Fines




In order to make Navi Mumbai plastic-free, apart from creating public awareness among the citizens that single-use plastic should not be used, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) is taking action if single-use plastic use is found. The municipal commissioner Rajesh Narvekar is keeping a close eye on stopping the use of single plastic which is an important factor in city cleanliness and it is being reviewed regularly in department head meetings.

Nearly 500kg of banned plastic seized

In the month of May 2023, a penalty amount of 2.50 lakh was recovered from 50 people and shopkeepers. The civic body also seized 450 kg of banned plastic from respective wards.

Keeping in mind the damage caused by plastic to the environment, the citizens should stop the use of single plastic completely and also show awareness about the environment by using cloth bags instead of plastic bags, Municipal Commissioner Shri. Rajesh Narvekar.

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