Delhi to add 1,000 electric low-floor buses by July

Delhi to add 1,000 electric low-floor buses by July

In order to curb pollution levels in the capital, the Delhi government has informed the Supreme Court that 1,000 electrical buses will be added to public transport fleet, according to a news report.

The information was shared in the affidavit filed by Delhi's Principal Secretary-cum-Transport Commissioner Rajeev Verma. Based on the state Cabinet decision earlier last year, the Delhi government has decided to include electric buses in the fleet by July 2019. The affidavit came in response to a slew of directions passed by a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta on January 18 when the Court wished to know the progress made on induction of low floor CNG buses and electric buses.

The Delhi government has informed that 3,000 buses will be inducted into the city's public transport fleet before September 2019. This will include 1,000 low-floor CNG non-AC buses by May 2019, another 1,000 low-floor CNG AC buses by September 2019 and 1000 electric low-floor buses by July 2019. Since the technology used in electric buses is rarely used across the country, the Delhi government has already appointed a consultant to guide them on the use of this technology and tenders are expected to be floated by end of this month.

At present, electric buses are in vogue in Himachal Pradesh and few in Mumbai while Bengaluru and Hyderabad have placed orders for inducting 100 such buses. But Delhi will be the first city to induct electric buses in such large numbers.

The techno-financial assessment report of these buses was received on January 10 this year which is expected to be finalised shortly, the affidavit said. Once this is done, the said report will be circulated for inter-departmental consultation before the final proposal is placed in the Delhi Cabinet.


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