INDIAN GOVERNMENT SANCTIONS RS 35 CRORE FOR PURCHASING VOLVO ELECTRIC BUSES TO HIMACHAL
Recent trials of Volvo electric-buses have been successfully conducted in Shimla, Nalagarh and Solan, leading to the adding of 15 more Volvo electric buses to the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) fleet. The central government has sanctioned Rs 35 crore to the Himachal Pradesh government for purchasing 25 environment friendly electric-buses in order to check pollution level in the state.
"Himachal Pradesh has been sanctioned Rs 35 crore by the Centre to purchase 25 environment-friendly e-buses making it the first state to get money for the project," state Transport Minister G. S. Bali said recently.
The minister said that the amount has been sanctioned under funding ratio of 75:25 between Centre and state. However, since the state falls under special category, he would meet his counterpart at the Centre to modify the ratio to 90:10.
"Tendering process to buy the buses has started and would be over soon. Each unit is estimated to cost around Rs 1.75 crore and would need charging stations at every 75 km. All district bus stands shall have charging stations," he said.
"Beside this, HRTC is discarding 647 buses which are more than 10 years old, and 300 new buses (including 150 small buses for difficult areas) shall be purchased.