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Female Mumbai commuters will soon be better served with the addition of 100 special buses for women as part of an initiative called “Tejasvini,” according to media reports. The buses will also have female drivers and conductors.

Surendrakumar Bagde, general manager of the transport provider BEST, was quoted as saying: “We are procuring the buses in phases and they will be deployed on busy office-going routes for women commuters during peak hours.”

To cater to a huge number of working women in the city, the buses, some of which will be air conditioned, will operate from 7 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 9 pm. They will travel from railway stations through Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, Lower Parel and Malad.

An official said that during non-peak hours, the buses will carry passengers of both genders.