UT administrator Banwarilal Purohit flagged off 60 buses in two lots on Monday, including 20 long-route air-conditioned (HVAC) buses and 40 intra-city electric buses, with the goal of reducing vehicle pollution.
Chandigarh: UT administrator Banwarilal Purohit flagged off 60 buses in two lots on Monday, including 20 long-route air-conditioned (HVAC) buses and 40 intra-city electric buses, with the goal of reducing vehicle pollution.
With this, there are now 80 electric buses operating in the city.
The Chandigarh administration claimed that an earlier contract for the purchase of 20 buses for interstate routes to be operated from Inter-State Bus Terminus-43 (ISBT-43) and ISBT-17 to Pathankot, Batala, Fatehabad, Amritsar, Abohar, Katra, Manali, Ludhiana, Shimla, Jaipur, Jhajjar, and Haridwar, had been signed in March 2022 with Tata Motors.
The BS-VI emission regulations have received special attention, and the newest electronically controlled diesel engines have been installed.
Earlier, the agreement for the intra-city buses had been inked with Volvo Eicher in February 2022, with the first batch getting underway on July 30 of this year and being put into commercial operation.
The second lot of 40 electric buses is set to cover routes from New Maloya Colony to Ram Darbar and Manimajra, ISBT-43 to Manimajra and Behlana, and Maloya to Mansa Devi. The fare in the non-AC will be ₹10 up to five km and ₹20 from 5 to 10 km. For AC buses, ₹15 up to five km and ₹25 from 5 to 10 km.
UT transport department director Pradhuman Singh said the 40 electric buses have been operating in the city, covering around 23 lakh km, saving 4.62 lakh litres of diesel, and reducing 12.18 lakh kg of carbon dioxide emissions. The electric buses that were introduced in Chandigarh in September last year have carried more than 50 lakh people, he added.
As per the Chandigarh Electric Vehicles Policy 2022, which was revealed last month, non-electric two-wheelers and cars would no longer be registered after two years.
The goal of the policy is to register 50% of privately owned electric vehicles in the next five years and 100% of goods vehicles, commercial vehicles, and bus vehicles.