Mumbai, September 16, 2023 – As Mumbai prepares to bid adieu to its iconic red double-decker buses, an emotional farewell has gripped the city. The looming end of these beloved symbols of the city’s heritage has left residents nostalgic, and it even prompted Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra to share a heartfelt post on social media.
For more than 80 years, the red double-decker buses have been an integral part of Mumbai’s public transport system. Their iconic presence on the bustling streets of the financial capital has not only served as a mode of transport but has also held a special place in the hearts of Mumbaikars.
Anand Mahindra, an influential figure in India’s business landscape, took to Twitter to express his emotions about the impending departure of these buses. In his post, he said, “The red double-decker buses have been more than just a mode of transport; they’ve been a symbol of Mumbai’s resilience and spirit. Today, as we bid adieu to these icons, let’s cherish the memories they’ve given us.”
Mahindra’s tweet resonated with many, with thousands of Mumbaikars and netizens from around the country sharing their own fond memories of these buses. From tourists to locals, the red double-deckers have been a tourist attraction and an integral part of Mumbai’s cultural landscape.
The decision to retire the red double-decker buses comes as a result of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)’s efforts to modernize and upgrade the city’s public transportation system. These aging buses, despite their nostalgic charm, are no longer considered efficient or environmentally friendly.
The new phase of Mumbai’s public transport will see the introduction of more eco-friendly, low-floor buses and the expansion of the city’s metro network. While these developments are undoubtedly essential for a city grappling with congestion and pollution, it does mark the end of an era.
Many Mumbai residents have shared stories of their first bus rides on these iconic vehicles, with the memory of the cityscape unfolding from the top deck being etched into their minds forever. Tourists, too, have long enjoyed these buses as a unique way to experience the city’s vibrant streets.
As the last few red double-decker buses make their final rounds on the streets of Mumbai this week, a sense of nostalgia and sadness will linger. The city is bidding farewell to not just a mode of transport but a symbol of its rich history and cultural identity.
Mumbai’s red double-decker buses will be dearly missed, but their memory will live on in the hearts and stories of the people who have had the privilege of riding on these iconic vehicles.