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Delhi is soon going to become the hub of electric buses. The year 2023 will be special for the transport sector, as around 2000 new e-buses will start running on the roads by the end of the year. With this, passengers will get a chance to travel in noise-free buses equipped with modern facilities.
The fleet of e-buses will increase to more than 4000 by 2024. In view of the ever-increasing steps in this direction, along with reduction in air pollution, there is also a possibility of improvement in the health of Delhi’s environment. In order to control pollution, the Delhi government started the first e-bus service on a circular route in January as a trial. The residents of Delhi have got great relief from the buses running without noise and smoke.
However, according to the passengers, due to less number of buses, the commuters are facing problems. After the success of the trial, 250 buses were run on different routes in several phases. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will have around 2000 electric buses in its fleet by the end of the year.
DTC Managing Director Shilpa Shinde said that by December next year, 1500 new AC electric buses will be introduced. For this, Tata Motors will undertake the supply, operation and maintenance of AC low floor electric buses for 12 years. After the introduction of 50 new buses, the number of e-buses will increase to 300. Delhi government has recently issued tender for 3980 more electric AC buses. Under this, buses will be included in the fleet of DTC and cluster. The Managing Director says that lakhs of Delhiites will get relief from the operation of eco-friendly buses. This will also provide a lot of relief from pollution.
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) board has already approved the purchase of buses under the Grand Challenge Scheme of Convergence Energy Services Limited (CSEL) under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME-2) category. The Delhi government will provide subsidy for these buses, while the operation, maintenance and infrastructure development of the buses is estimated to cost more than Rs 7000 crore.
There will be less wait for charging
In view of the increase in the number of buses, charging infrastructure is also being expanded in different depots. At present, buses are being operated from Indraprastha Depot, Mundla Kalan and Sector-37 Depot of Rohini. For this, after the facility of e-charging in all depots, DTC and cluster depot charging and battery swapping facilities are being provided for new buses as well. Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot had directed to increase the number of charging stations in a recent meeting. To achieve the goal of making the capital of electric vehicles, the work of making charging stations is also going on fast.