Nurturing ‘Green Future’! Govt. approves 5595 electric buses for 65 cities

News Bharati    09-Aug-2019
New Delhi, Aug. 9: ‘Green Future’ is the most important quest in front of the world. The Indian government is also committed to green future and green transportation. India is taking many significant initiatives in this manner, to give a further push to clean and green mobility in public transportation, the government has approved the sanction of 5595 electric buses to 64 cities for intracity and intercity operation.

per official release on 8th August, this approval will come under phase-2 of ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles (FAME) India scheme’.
The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises had invited the Expression of Interest (EoI) from cities with a million-plus population, smart cities, capitals of states or union territories and cities from special category states for submission of proposal for deployment of electric buses on an operational cost basis.
The Department of Heavy Industry, during the process, received 86 proposals from 26 states or UTs for the deployment of 14,988 e-buses.
The official statement said, “After evaluation of these proposals as per EoI, on the advice of Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee (PISC), the government-sanctioned 5,095 electric buses to 64 cities or state transport corporations for intra-city operation, 400 electric buses for intercity operation and 100 electric buses for last-mile connectivity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)”.
The statement also stated each selected City/STU (State Transport Undertaking) is now required to initiate the procurement process in a time-bound manner for the deployment of sanctioned electric buses on an operational cost basis.
As per EoI, buses which satisfy required localization level and technical eligibility notified under FAME India scheme phase II will be eligible for funding under FAME India scheme phase II. The official release stated, These buses will run about 4 billion kilometers during their contract period and are expected to save cumulatively about 1.2 billion liters of fuel over the contract period, which will result into avoidance of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emission.