FIVE HUNDRED ELECTRIC BUSES MAY BE ADDED TO DELHI’S FLEET
In response to the recent smog issues five hundred electric buses could be added to Delhi’s public transport infrastructure in due course, with the State government considering procuring the vehicles.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked officials of the Transport Department to boost public transport, including adding electric buses to the fleet. A senior official said that 500 electric buses were one of the options being considered. Two sizes of low-floor AC electric buses were being looked at: standard, which costs 2.6 crore, and midi, which costs 1.6 crore.
The local government is critical about the delay in augmenting public transport. The local bus operator DTC has not bought any new buses since 2010.
The government is now in the process of buying 2,000 new buses, of which the electric buses would be a part.