Chandigarh’s first electric bus hits the road, on trial
UT administrator Vice President Singh Badnore left the first electric bus of Raj Bhawan’s Chandigarh Transport Company (CTU) on Wednesday and went to Sector 17 police station, then to India’s international center, Chandigarh.
From now on, the bus will run on a trial basis on the PGI-Manimajra route, via Madhya Marg, and the general public will have to wait until the first week of September to take advantage of this facility.
Nineteen more electric buses will be added to the fleet by September 30 and 20 more by October. The purchase of 40 more electric buses is underway and should be received by next year.
The Indian government’s heavy industries department has sanctioned 80 electric buses under the Phase II FAME India program.
For the first batch of 40 buses, an agreement was signed with M / s Ashok Leyland for 10 years. The contract model is a gross cost contract and the scope of the operator / company includes the purchase of buses, the installation of an adequate number of chargers, the maintenance of the buses, the provision of a driver for 10 years. The collection of tickets will be carried out by the CTU.
The Department of Transportation plans to replace the 358 diesel buses in Tricity with electric buses by 2027-2028.
Solar power plant at the police station
Badnore also inaugurated solar power plants at 12 UT police establishments, Chandigarh, at Sector 17 police station. These were installed at a cost of ??1.62 crore and each has a capacity of 325 kilowatts. These solar power plants will generate approximately 4 22,500 kWh (units) of electricity per year.
Badnore said new solar power plants and electric buses were introduced with the aim of reducing pollution and emissions. Installing solar power plants will help lower electricity bills by around ??20 lakhs per year. It will also turn police stations into green police stations, he said.