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BEST bus catches fire in north Mumbai suburb, no casualties reported

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BEST bus catches fire in north Mumbai suburb, no casualties reported

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According to BEST, the driver immediately stopped the bus and evacuated the passengers observing sparks along the way.

An air-conditioned Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus caught fire on Thursday evening in the northern Mumbai suburb of Kandivali. However, BEST officials confirmed that no passengers were injured in the incident.

According to BEST, the driver immediately stopped the bus and evacuated the passengers observing sparks along the way. As the fire broke out, the driver quickly used the extinguisher and attempted to put out the flames. Although there were no injuries or casualties in the incident, officials rushed to the site to investigate the cause of the fire.

According to PTI, the local fire station in Kandivali East, Mumbai received a call at around 6:04 p.m. after which police and firefighters arrived at the junction of the Lokhandwala complex to extinguish the fire in the medium-sized bus.

The bus ran on the BEST A288 route between Kandivali station and Kranti Nagar in the suburbs.

BEST officials confirmed that these were CNG buses operated by BEST contractors on wet lease. Under the wet-lease model, BEST does not own the buses but obtains the vehicles and personnel from contractors for a fixed rate per kilometer.

BEST company provides bus transportation within the jurisdiction of Greater Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Mira-Bhayandar region. On average, 2.9 million passengers travel daily and more than 63,000 journeys are provided by the fleet of over 500 buses. The bulk of these buses run on sustainable alternative fuels like CNG and electricity. BEST also plans to purchase over 300 additional, mostly electric buses in the future.

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