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BEST, Mumbai’s Public Bus Services, Further Reduces its Carbon Footprints by Inducting 10 Swank Electric Buses

The programme has been delayed on account of the rains, Olectra Greentech COO Anand Swaroop told IANS

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Earlier, the BEST had acquired six electric buses in Nov 2017, added 10 more today and will get another 30 by October-end. Pixabay

The BEST – Mumbai’s public bus services – on Monday further reduced its carbon footprints by inducting 10 swank electric buses for the city commuters, a top official said.

“Earlier, the BEST had acquired six electric buses in Nov 2017, added 10 more today and will get another 30 by October-end. The programme has been delayed on account of the rains,” Olectra Greentech COO Anand Swaroop told IANS.

However, every week from today, the company will deliver five eBuzz K7 buses which are 9-metres long, wet-leased on Gross Cost Contract basis, he said.

Swaroop added that the move to add more eBuzz K7 after the first set received an extremely good response for the high comfort levels, smooth ride, cutting costs and helping conserve the environment.

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The BEST – Mumbai’s public bus services – on Monday further reduced its carbon footprints by inducting 10 swank electric buses for the city commuters, a top official said. Pixabay

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar received the keys of the 10 electric buses from Swaroop at a function here this afternoon.

According to Swaroop, the eBuses were deployed under the centre’s Faster Adoption & Manufacture of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles – FAME1 scheme, initiated by the Ministry of Heavy Industries.

Olectra-BYD is the first electric vehicle manufacturer in the country to achieve the milestone of crossing five million km cumulatively driven by its eBuses under commercial operations in Himachal Pradesh, Hyderabad, Kerala, Mumbai and Pune.

After the full strength of 46 is achieved, it will help transport around one million Mumbai commuters each month in zero-emission comforts.

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“The BEST is planning to procure another 250 eBuses. On an average, running the 46 eBuses along would reduce carbon emissions by 1.2 crore tonnes of carbon dioxide or equivalent to planting 60,000 trees and saves the BMC cost of 3.70 million litres diesel annually,” Swaroop said.

He said in the long run this would yield macro-economic benefits like conserving valuable Foreign Exchange due to reduced dependency on fossil fuels (petroleum).

Explaining the benefits of eBuses, he said the new fleet had airconditioned and non-airconditioned, low floor buses which can travel upto 200 km in a single-charge based on traffic conditions.

“Each e-Bus can be charged within 2-3 hours, has a capacity of 32+a driver, electronically controlled air-suspension, 3 CCTV cameras for safety of commuters, regenerative braking, protection for short-circuits, etc.,” said Swaroop. (IANS)

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Indian Cities Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru face Majority of Cyber Attacks

As the digital footprint of India increases through capital intensive projects, hackers are targeting data and large scale disruption like never before

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Smart cities, financial services and transportation sectors lead the rankings in terms of Cyber Attacks. Pixabay

 There has been a 26 per cent increase in Cyber Attacks in India and Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru together accounted for roughly 38 per cent of all attacks in the July-September period, a new report said on Wednesday.

The report prepared by Bengaluru-headquartered telecom solutions provider Subex identified over 3,500 modular malware samples in the country, registering a whopping 37 per cent increase.

Smart cities, financial services and transportation sectors lead the rankings in terms of cyber attacks, said the “State of Internet of Things (IoT) Security Report” for the third quarter (July-September period).

“As the digital footprint of India increases through capital intensive projects, hackers are targeting data and large scale disruption like never before,” said said Vinod Kumar, Managing Director and CEO, Subex.

“The increase in cyber attacks against the country and the strong geopolitical correlation indicate high levels of interest in targeting our critical infrastructure. Hackers are working to improve their ability to monetize cyber attacks,” he warned.

Malware of varying degrees of sophistication are being reported from a variety of deployments, including new projects surrounding renewable energy.

Most malware detected (36 per cent) could be traced to sources on the Dark Web while as much as 14 per cent of malware couldn’t be traced to a known source pointing to the arrival of new actors and malware shops on the scene,” the findings showed.

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There has been a 26 per cent increase in Cyber Attacks in India and Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru together accounted for roughly 38 per cent of all attacks in the July-September period. Pixabay

The detection of malware connected with critical infrastructure projects has also registered an increase.

“This implies that hackers are targeting large scale disruption and are working to increase the cost associated with managing such projects as also negatively impact future investments in them,” the report added.

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Independent hackers are increasingly feeling the need to monetize cyber attacks as the unit cost of malware has risen in the last quarter. Further, it is becoming increasingly difficult to source high-grade malware from multiple sources due to various factors, the report added. (IANS)