Jul 05, 2017

Haryana to introduce electric buses in Gurugram

BYPankaj Mishra

In a move to establish environment-friendly transportation system, the Haryana government has announced that electric buses will be introduced in Gurugram on the pattern of those in Poland.
In the first phase, 75-100 electric buses would be operated, Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain said on Tuesday.
Jain, who led a delegation from the state to the manufacturing plant of JBM Solaris Electric Vehicles Limited in Poznan, Poland, said that the electric buses were pollution-free and saved a lot of carbon emissions.
“Compared to ordinary buses, each electric bus would help save about 4.25 lakh litres diesel and reduce carbon emissions by 1,150 tonnes in 10 years of operation. This would help in improving the environment and providing trustworthy public transport. The electric buses are noise and pollution-free and do not require fossil fuels to run,” Jain said.
She added that in the first phase, such vehicles would be operated in Gurugram.
“This would not only reduce traffic congestion, but would also provide better public transport system to an average of 50,000 persons every day. Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, Municipal Corporation — Gurugram and Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) would bear 50%, 40% and 10% of the cost of the project, respectively,” she said.
The JBM Group has already established a plant for manufacturing of CNG buses in Ballabhgarh near Faridabad, which would soon begin manufacturing electric buses under the Make in India programme, Jain added.

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