New Delhi, January 22:
The Delhi government will soon deploy 1,500 electric buses under the Delhi Transport Corporation(DTC) as it aims at 100% electrification of the public transport fleet, said minister Kailash Gahlot.
The Central government agency Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) launched the biggest ever tender worth about Rs. 5,500 crore to procure as many as 5,580 electric buses, including 130 double-decker ones.
Gahlot said in a tweet, "Under Hon'ble CM @ArvindKejriwal's vision, we're committed to achieve 100% electrification of buses. #DTC will soon be deploying 1500 #ebuses as part of #TheGrandChallenge. @ConvergenceCESL has announced RFP today. Delhi will be the 1st state to adopt #ebuses at such scale."
Through the 'Grand Challenge', CESL aims to deploy 5,450 single-decker buses and 130 double-decker ones in 5 metros. The first lot of e-buses are expected to hit the roads by July this year, a statement said.