The BEST Double Decker buses are an inseparable part of Mumbai's history and heritage.
This week in #TuesdayTrivia - we talk about the fascinating history of the Best buses.
The double-deckers, were first introduced in 1937 by the The Bombay Electric Supply and Tramways (BEST) Company in Mumbai to cater to the ever increasing commuters of Mumbai and there was no statutory limit on the number of passengers that a bus could carry. During Second World War later in 1939, the short supply of tyres and rationing of petrol affected road transport in Mumbai and due to this, the double deckers ended becoming up the favourite mode of transport of Mumbai's public.
Prior to independence, early in August 1947, the BEST was acquired by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which supplied the city’s power and its bus system.
With the BMC being one of the first public undertakings in independent India, a lot of hopes were pinned on the BEST buses and they lived up to the expectations. Soon,, the double decker buses became prevalent all over Mumbai.
However in the recent years, due to the high production, maintenance costs, the additional construction material required to build the buses combined with the ever increasing traffic of Mumbai has forced the BEST to reduce the number of the double decker buses.
As a result, these buses now ply only in select parts of the city and reminds us of a glorious chapter of Mumbai's famed public transport system. .
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