150 new e-buses to ply on metropolis roads by early 2021, Auto Information, DFL
Surat: In accordance prime precedence to its plan of changing the present fleet of mass transport autos with electrical buses, the Surat Municipal Company (SMC) has floated tenders for procurement of 150 e-buses.
By changing the current diesel-run fleet with e-buses, SMC hopes to cut back not solely its operational and upkeep value of about Rs 200 crore by no less than 60 per cent, but additionally curb air air pollution.
These e-buses are additionally noiseless which can scale back sound air pollution ranges within the metropolis.
At current there are practically 400 BRTS and Metropolis buses are plying on completely different 51 metropolis routes, with a complete passenger load of 1.35 lakh individuals every day.
The variety of buses will rise as much as 500 in coming three months.
Speaking to TOI, Banchhanidhi Pani, municipal commissioner of Surat, mentioned, “The major advantage for SMC from e-buses will be in reducing operational and maintenance cost. As these buses will be run only from recharging, the capital cost of these buses will be a little high compared to other types, but reduction in O&M cost will make these buses more viable then others.”
Extra so, beneath the continuing union ministry of heavy industries’ Fame II scheme, (Quicker Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid ) Electrical Autos) Surat will even get subsidy of Rs 45 lakh per bus, whereas the state authorities will give Rs 25 per km of the gross value.
The SMC may have shell out virtually one-third equal worth. An e-bus can value as much as Rs 1.70 crore per bus however would accommodate extra commuters than the present diesel-run bus and ridership might go up by one other 1 lakh plying the identical routes.
At current Surat has already floated tenders for 150 e-buses and plans to finish the process together with working a prototype on metropolis roads inside the coming six months.
“We are looking at new first lot of e buses plying on city roads by early 2021 with 50 charging stations,” mentioned a senior official.