Mumbai’s iconic double-decker buses can be bidding adieu to the town roads after being in service for over eight many years. The final service of those non-AC double-decker buses left Marol Depot on Friday morning. The open-roof double-decker buses, which have been used for carrying vacationers for sightseeing for the reason that early 1900s, may also be withdrawn from service from October 5.
“At present, simply seven double-decker buses, together with three open-deck buses, are left within the BEST’s fleet. As these autos are finishing 15 years of their codal life, the double-decker buses will ceaselessly go off roads from September 15, whereas the open-deck buses can be pulled out on October 5,” a BEST spokesperson was quoted as saying by information company PTI.
Goodbye Double-Decker Bus.
The Final Double Decker bus (non-AC) leaving from Marol Depot right this moment morning pic.twitter.com/fSE0ygABij
— Mumbai Heritage (@mumbaiheritage) September 15, 2023
Reacting to the event, customers on X (previously often known as Twitter), known as it the top of an period and recalled their fond reminiscences of the long-lasting crimson buses.
“Spent my school life commuting in double-decker buses every time the route allowed. To get the entrance seat on the higher stage was the most effective. Particularly within the monsoon,” an X person wrote.
❤️ spent my school life commuting in double decker buses every time the route allowed.
To get the entrance seat on the higher stage was the most effective. Particularly within the monsoon. https://t.co/cS8ChI77Gu
— menaka doshi (@menakadoshi) September 15, 2023
“My final trip right this moment on Mumbai’s iconic and favorite car – the Pink double decker BEST bus. I’ve fond reminiscences of travelling on this bus throughout my childhood days, particularly on the highest deck window seat. Bye Bye Double decker BEST bus,” wrote one other particular person.
My final trip right this moment on #Mumbai‘s iconic & favorite car – the Pink double decker BEST bus. I had fond reminiscences of travelling on this bus throughout my childhood days espcially on prime deck window seat. ????♥️ Bye Bye Double decker BEST bus. ???? @myBESTBus#BESTBus#MumbaiDoubledeckerpic.twitter.com/w2yr2rb7pa
— Adv. Hetal Panjari (@HetalPanjari) September 15, 2023
Launched in 1937, the crimson double-decker buses, through the years, turned a logo of Mumbai’s id and options in a number of motion pictures and songs as nicely.
Within the preliminary years, there have been about 900 of those buses a part of the BEST fleet however the quantity had been declining steadily for the reason that mid-90s. The introduction of recent buses was halted by the BEST in 2008, citing operation and upkeep.
BEST began changing these buses with leased battery-run crimson and black double-decker buses earlier in February.
BEST plans to obtain new open-deck buses for sightseeing and till then can be utilizing the brand new battery-run double-decker e-buses for vacationers.