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Maharashtra News: Bye Bye BEST double-decker bus

As a kid Do you remember sitting on the upper deck of the BEST double-decker buses? One would feel like a king. This is such a nostalgic feeling which cannot be expressed in words. Today Mumbai will officially bid farewell to the iconic double-decker buses. It was the pre-Independence ERA. The Year was 1937 when the vibrant red color double-decker bus with the letters BEST in bold first ran on the streets of Mumbai and since then it ruled the hearts of Mumbaikars. The double-decker was such an integral part of the city that it has also featured in many Hindi films. like the Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor starer Shann, Suniel Shetty, and Akshay Kumar’s Mohra, or in the 2000s the AMIR kHAN DIRECTED Tare Zameen Par. While I was scripting for this story, Many of my office colleagues shared countless memories of traveling from the double-decker buses. Their memories were so vivid that they even remembered the number of the bus they used to travel from. What truly made the double-decker experience unique was the fresh air and the bird-eye view it offered from the top deck. At the beginning of the 1990s, the BEST had a fleet of around 900 double-decker buses, but the number gradually declined after the mid-90s. Citing the high maintenance cost, the BEST administration stopped inducting double-decker buses after 2008. The BEST since February this year started replacing these iconic buses with battery-run red and black double-decker buses and so far, about 25 such buses have been introduced. Currently, just seven double-decker buses, including three open-deck buses are left in the BEST’s fleet. As these vehicles are completing 15 years of their service, the double-decker buses will forever go off roads from September 15, while the open-deck buses will go off-road on October 5,”” Although the double-decker buses will now be in a new and updated avatar However, it can never replace the charm of the iconic Non-AC double-decker buses. Do share your memories of traveling from the iconic double-decker buses in the comment box.

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