With 40 electric buses on the road and another 190 buses in the pipeline the city roads will have adequate environment friendly electric buses to provide comfortable transport system to the city dwellers. West Bengal transport minister Suvendu Adhikary said in the state assembly on Friday that the electric bus model was so successful that the two neighbouring states – Bihar, Tripura and Assam had decided to replicate the model.
The state transport minister said, “We have already introduced 40 electric buses which are now running in different routes in Kolkata. Another 40 will be rolled out soon. This will cut down carbon emissions and reduce pollution in the city. The state has got the approval of another 150 electric buses under Fame II scheme. So there will be huge number of electric buses on the road soon”.
“The electric buses will ply not only in Kolkata and its adjoining area but there will be interstate services which will cover areas like Haldia, Asansol to name a few,” he added.
It may be mentioned that under Fame II scheme the centre will invest in setting up charging stations, with the active participation of public sector units and private players.
It has also been proposed to provide one slow-charging unit for every electric bus and one fast-charging station for 10 electric buses. Projects for charging infrastructure who intend to extend electrification like pantograph charging and flash charging for running vehicles.
“All depots of West Bengal Transport Corporation located in Tollygunge, Kidderpore , Kasba , Gariahat, Park Circus, Rajabazar, Lake Gardens, Belgachia, Nabanna and Santragachi, have been provided with electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Some private organisations are also setting up facilities of electric vehicle charging in the city,” Adhikary added.
“A number of states in the country had got the approval from the centre to roll out electric vehicles under Fame I but most of them have failed to do so. Bihar, Assam and Tripura and some others have accepted Kolkata’s model of rolling out electric buses under Fame I,” Adhikari said.
A team from neighbouring Bangladesh and Nepal has also turned up in the state recently to get an idea of how Bengal has successfully implemented electric vehicles in the state.
Source: Times of India