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The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is planning to procure 100 electric buses, which are likely to be funded entirely by the Karnataka government. BMTC’s decision came two months after losing about Rs 80 crore grant approved by the Central Government for hiring 80 electric buses under FAME India scheme.
DC Thamanna, State Transport Minister who opposed the plan to procure buses on lease basis, has now been keen on purchasing electric buses. The BMTC had called for expression of interest (EOI) for the supply of 1,500 e-buses in March but the deadline for opening the bids had to be postponed due to the effect of the model code of conduct for Lok Sabha election.
According to sources, “A plan is being prepared to purchase 100 buses, whose operation will be of great help in understanding the ergonomics of the electric buses.” The BMTC officials hope to bring back the Rs 80 crore aid from the Central Government through the first phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric vehicles (FAME).
According to the notification issued on March 11, Projects sanctioned under Fame India Scheme Phase 1 shall continue to be in operation… Similarly, electric buses sanctioned to different state/city transport corporation under FAME India Phase 1 shall continue to be in operation as per terms and conditions issued at the time of sanction.
However, it is noted that much of the success in getting back the subsidy depends on the Centre’s willingness to consider the state government’s request.
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