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New Delhi (Urban Transport News): With the aims to reduce air pollution and make commuting easier, the Delhi cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday approved 1,000 low-floor AC electric buses to run in the national capital. Delhi will be the first Indian city to have such a large number of electric buses.
Apart from this, the Delhi Government also gave its approval to permit the Transport Department to ask the prospective bidders to bring the buses with Automatic Vehicle Tracking System (AVTS), CCTV, Panic buttons and Panic alarms as per the specification finalized by the government.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said that the decision of the Delhi cabinet will help in ensuring a cleaner and greener future for the Delhites. He twitted, “The Delhi cabinet clears proposal of 1,000 Low Floor Electric Buses – greater than the commitment of all Indian cities put together.”
CM Kejriwal twitted, “Congratulations Delhi. Cabinet approves 1,000 electric buses. Several obstacles were created. All obstacles cleared. Delhi will become the first Indian city to have such a large no of electric buses.”
Cabinet approves 1000 electric buses. Several obstacles were created. All obstacles cleared.
Delhi will become the first India city to have such a large no of electric buses. https://t.co/sbwbFYZ16C
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 2, 2019
According to the official data, the number of passengers carried daily by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses is about 43 lakh which is more than the 27 lakh commuters travelling every day by Delhi Metro. At present, the CNG based buses are being run by the DTC.
According to the Delhi Transport department, tenders for procurement of electric buses will be notified within a week and the first lot of electric buses are expected to hit the roads of Delhi before the end of 2019.
“Creating sufficient capacity in public transport system is the only way to reduce air pollution in Delhi and bring down the number of vehicles on the roads of Delhi to reduce congestion,” said in the statement released by the Delhi Govt.
According to the Transport Department, the 1,000 buses will be parked and charged overnight at six depots called Parent Depots and the Concessionaire will be responsible for providing infrastructure for charging of electric buses within the depot and the housing of requisite numbers of charging units.
The Concessionaires will also be responsible for the arrangements to provide power infrastructure at intermediate charging points along bus routes (called host depots).
As per the Electric Vehicle policy, a subsidy of up to Rs 75 lakh per bus or 60 per cent of cost of bus, whichever is lesser, shall be provided in three instalments along with the safeguards by the Delhi government.
“The cabinet has decided that subsidy and power infrastructure up to Parent Depots, estimated to be Rs 800 crore, will be funded through the utilization of the ECC (Environment Compensation Charge) funds, presently a corpus of approximately Rs 1,100 crore, subject to directions and/or orders of the Supreme Court on this issue,” said in statement.
The Delhi Government has also allocated Rs.150 crores for construction of bus depots and terminals and Rs 50 crore for 1397 new bus queue shelters in the city.
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