ELECTRIC BUSES FOR DELHI
The local government has finally chalked out an expenditure plan under which Rs 400 crore collected as ‘green tax’ will be used for buying around 500 electric buses. The Delhi government had at an earlier stage launched an electric bus on a pilot basis for six months.
Getting 500 electric buses, infrastructure for charging points, upgrading inter-state bus terminals and midi-buses to plug last mile connectivity– this is how the Delhi government plans to spend its money collected as Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) from good vehicles.
An additional Rs 15 crore of the same fund will be used to create a charging infrastructure for these buses, the official added.
Besides, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will buy 100 additional e-buses. For this, the Delhi government has urged the Centre’s Department of Heavy Industries to sanction Rs 105 crore.
Delhi transport department has urged the Centre to make the project part of the FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles in India) scheme. Under the scheme, aimed to promote large-scale adoption of EVs (electric vehicles) in multi-modal public transport, the Centre will select cities having one million plus population and offer it Rs 105 crore.
Around Rs 50 crore has also been kept aside for drafting a scheme on last-mile connectivity which could see more midi-buses being inducted to the feeder bus fleet, which stands at 291.