Delhi CM flags off 150 electrical buses, Auto Information, Automobilnews
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off 150 electrical buses on Tuesday and introduced that the nationwide capital will boast of two,000 extra such buses by subsequent yr.
The chief minister mentioned the Delhi authorities is planning to spend Rs 1,862 crores on procuring electrical buses over the following 10 years.
Kejriwal additionally thanked the Centre for offering Rs 150 crore for the e-bus mission.
Three new EV charging depots constructed at a value of round Rs 150 crores had been additionally inaugurated.
This launch has marked the start of a brand new period within the transport sector, ushering within the age of increasingly more electrical buses on Delhi’s roads and curb air pollution on a big scale, the chief minister mentioned.
“100 fifty new buses have been launched in the present day, and subsequent month one other 150 can be added to the fleet.
“It’s our goal to have 2,000 electrical buses operating on the roads in Delhi inside the subsequent one yr, and our authorities is dedicating itself to work on this path,” he mentioned.
The induction of 150 electrical buses geared up with state-of-art options, together with CCTV cameras, panic button and GPS, into the DTC’s fleet on Tuesday has come after nearly 11 years when the general public transporter procured buses on such a big quantity.
As well as, the federal government additionally plans to obtain 600-700 CNG buses. The DTC board had accredited the induction of 785 buses not too long ago.
“Delhi’s fleet has now crossed 7,200 buses. That is the best enhance within the historical past of Delhi, there have been by no means so many buses on the roads of Delhi until date. We goal to remodel Delhi’s bus fleet into an all electrical fleet and are attempting our greatest to induct solely electrical buses,” he mentioned.
The chief minister flagged off the buses from the Indraprastha Depot and boarded one in all them to achieve the Rajghat Cluster Bus Depot. He was accompanied by Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and chief secretary Naresh Kumar.
“Even though the bus that I sat in in the present day was swarmed with folks, the AC was nonetheless very efficient. I recall my days through the andolan once I would journey in buses very often that had ACs which might barely work.
“The folks of Delhi have welcomed a brand new addition to their lives within the type of these electrical buses, and for them to take full benefit of this chance, we have now made rides free for the following three days. They’re your buses, I urge you to journey and revel in – to take a joyride on these electrical buses, whereas additionally taking care by not littering or damaging them,” he mentioned.
The Delhi Authorities has began the #IrideEbus Marketing campaign to advertise most adoption of electrical buses by the folks of Delhi, an official assertion mentioned.
Beneath the marketing campaign, the Delhi authorities has organised a public contest which is able to go on until June 30 to advertise its e-buses and encourage extra folks to journey on them and unfold the phrase, it mentioned.
Together with the free rides, the Delhi authorities has urged its residents to experience its e-buses, take a selfie, put up it with the hashtag #IrideEbus on their Instagram, Twitter and Automobilnews handles. The highest three entries may have probabilities to win an iPad, it mentioned.
Kicking-off the marketing campaign, Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi, “Delhi has written a brand new chapter in its struggle towards air pollution in the present day. From in the present day, 150 electrical AC buses have began operating on the roads of Delhi. I additionally travelled within the bus, and skilled its trendy amenities. Everybody should additionally journey as soon as in Delhi’s luxurious electrical buses. #IrideEbus.”
With the addition of those buses, the full variety of buses in Delhi has gone as much as 7,205. These embody 3,912 DTC buses and three,293 cluster buses, it mentioned.
On the similar time, the Delhi authorities has constructed three electrical depots in Rohini Sector 37, Mundelakalan and Rajghat-2 to accommodate electrical buses.
Thirty-two charging stations have been in-built Mundela Kalan depot at a value of Rs 24 crore. There are 48 charging stations in Rohini Sector-37 depot constructed with an funding of Rs 120 crore, it mentioned.
Just lately, the Transport Division has additionally finalised the bid for 330 electrical buses, which can be included inside 4 to 6 months, the assertion mentioned.
By the top of the yr, the DTC will induct 1,500 electrical buses in its fleet. Twelve e-bus depots are additionally being constructed for these 1,500 e-buses, the work of which can be accomplished within the subsequent one yr, the assertion mentioned.
Kejriwal additionally welcomed new Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena and mentioned, “Identical to we labored with Anil Baijal (former LG), we’ll work collectively to take Delhi to new heights.”