The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking is the civic transport and electricity provider public body based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It was originally set up in 1873 as a tramwaycompany called “Bombay Tramway Company Limited”.
The company set up a captive thermal power station at the Wadi bunder in November 1905 to generate electricity for its trams and positioned it to also supply electricity to the city and re-branded itself to “Bombay Electric Supply & Tramways (BEST)” Company.
Double Decker BEST bus ride in Mumbai [VIDEO]
In 1926, BEST also became an operator of motor buses. In 1947, the BEST became an undertaking of the Municipal Corporation and rebranded itself to “Bombay Electric Supply & Transport (BEST)”. In 1995 the organisation was renamed to “Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST)” alongside Bombay being renamed to Mumbai. It now operates as an autonomous body under the Municipal Corporation.
BEST operates one of India’s largest fleets of buses. The bus transport service covers the entire city and also extends its operations outside city limits into neighbouring urban areas. In addition to buses, it also operates a ferry service in the northern reaches of the city. The electricity division of the organisation is also one of the few electricity departments in India to garner an annual gross profit.