Central Govt. Sanctions 50 E-Buses for Rajkot

Under FAME, the Centre aims to replace the entire urban transport vehicles with electric vehicles by 2030. Rajkot is one of the 64 cities selected by the department of heavy industries to deliver grant to obtain the electric buses

August 12, 2019. By News Bureau

The central government has announced that it has agreed to deliver 50 electric buses to Rajkot under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME-India) Scheme phase-2.

Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) had ask for to for 150 e-buses under the scheme last month. RMC has also commenced the process to acquire nearly 50 buses from its own budget. The e-buses will start running on the roads by next month.

Under FAME, the Centre aims to replace the entire urban transport vehicles with electric vehicles by 2030. Rajkot is one of the 64 cities selected by the department of heavy industries to deliver grant to obtain the electric buses.

Municipal commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani believed, “We are planning to get 300 buses in the next three years to expand the city bus network to RUDA areas and those on the outskirts. We also plan to start the second phase of BRTS in Smart City area.”

The civic body procures the buses on gross cost basis from the agency in which it pays the cost of per km plus, provides electricity charging facility and bears the charging cost. The cost of one e-bus is nearly Rs 1.20 to Rs 1.35 crore of which the Centre gives Rs 45 lakh agency the cost of per km which RMC has to pay.

As peer sources, RMC has already initiated the process to procure 50 e buses for which the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has provided a fund of Rs 12.50 crore under corporate social responsibility (CSR). The agency which is technically qualified has quoted the rate of Rs 79.92 per km and RMC is negotiating this rate.

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