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Recently, Karnataka state government had been guided by the centre to float tenders for electric buses in order to go for a sustainable option (eMobility). Due to this, Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) now aims to convert its entire fleet to electric by 2030.
As per some BMTC officials, a roadmap is being developed to install 1500 electric buses in the state within the next three years. BMTC aims to procure the first 500 within a year’s time. This total will include a total of 100 AC buses and 400 non AC buses. 20 of the AC buses will be used for Bengaluru airport.
The 500 e-buses will be procured on a lease model. Under this, selected operators will be responsible for providing the electric buses as well as operate them on select routes for a specific period. Operators will also handle the cost of vehicle maintenance, charging infrastructure, operational cost and the maintenance of the staff. however, BMTC will pay the power charges and appoint conductors for each of these buses.
BMTC’s expression of interest for the electric buses is not new since the corporation had commenced this back in March. Following that, BMTC was anticipated to propose 100 electric buses in its fleet through the state government’s reserve. The deadline for opening the offer, however, had to be delayed due to the model code of conduct. At the time, BMTC also lost central government’s subsidy worth Rs 80 crore for acquiring 80 electric buses.
The initiative towards electric buses for state transportation is gaining popularity. Several states are are floating tenders for e-buses both on lease model as well as ownership model to promote eMobility in the city. This cleaner mode of commute will bring down the hazardous pollution levels in various metropolitan cities.
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