Of the 1,000 electric buses that DTC eventually plans to bring, 900 would be used for city services, while 100 would be pressed into inter-state services
September 16, 2019. By News Bureau
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has announced that it is in the process to float tenders for 300 electric buses shortly. It has established the go-ahead from the Centre to bring the buses under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) II scheme of Government of India.
The corporation had submitted an application to bring 1,000 electric buses with assistance under the FAME II scheme in early July. As part of the scheme, the central government provides upfront incentives on purchase of electric vehicles, with an emphasis on public transport.
Of the 1,000 electric buses that DTC eventually plans to bring, 900 would be used for city services, while 100 would be pressed into inter-state services. At the moment, the Department of Heavy Industry, central government, has approved 300 buses under the FAME II scheme.
“We have received the approval and are going to float tenders for 300 electric buses as soon as possible,” DTC’s managing director Manoj Kumar told TOI. “We have also appointed a consultant and specifications of the tender are being firmed up,” he said. The 300 buses would be air-conditioned, low-floor buses with a length of 12 metre.
The bid management consultant has been appointed by the transport corporation for piloting the open tender for engagement of the 300 buses.
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