Government Sanctions 50 Electric Buses For Bhubaneswar
Under the ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India’ Phase-II, the Ministry of Heavy Industries has sanctioned as many as 50 electric buses for Bhubaneswar in order to push for a clean mobility drive in public transportation.
The Centre has approved a total of 5,595 electric buses for 64 cities across the country. These buses will run around 4 billion kilometres throughout their contract period and are expected to conserve about 1.2 billion litres of fuel, which will result in avoidance of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emission.
For proposals, the Department of Heavy Industry had invited the Expression of Interest (EoI) from million-plus cities, smart cities, State/UT capitals and cities from special category states for the deployment of electric buses on an operational cost basis.
As many as 86 proposals from 26 States/UTs were submitted to the union govt. for the deployment of 14988 e-Buses. The union govt then sanctioned a fleet of 50 electric buses to Odisha which will be allotted to Smart city Bhubaneswar.
On July 20, Science & Technology Minister Ashok Panda, in Odisha Assembly had confirmed that the electric buses will operate within the radius of 100 km radius in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri.