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09 Jan 2018

BENGALURU BMTC TO ACQUIRE 150 ELECTRIC BUSES

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has decided to acquire 150 electric buses on lease basis soon. Karnataka’s transport minister H M Revanna said that the tender process for availing services of the electric buses would be completed soon and the buses would be inducted to BMTC fleet.

Though the centre was giving subsidy for plying electric buses, Revanna said the state government would not be purchasing them.

The selected companies would ply andmaintain the buses, while the BMTC would enter into rate contract with the operators, he explained. The state government has also decided to induct more electric buses for inter-city services like Bengaluru-Mysuru, Bengaluru-Tumakuru and Bengaluru-Kolar. As the electric buses can travel only up to 200 kms per charge, long distance buses would not be opted for. Even those buses would be leased out to respective transport corporations.

The main aim was to reduce the pollution and the state government has already come out with plans to promote public transport days on every second Sundays in Bengaluru city.

Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) will also operate soon 40 new electric buses to provide better connectivity within the city and to stations nearby.

The central government recently approved the much-awaited proposal of the civic body to run electric buses in the city.