In October, paths were cleared and had given the way for operation of 700 electric buses in 14 cities after cabinet approved the proposal. Out of those, 600 buses will be operated under the centre’s FAME-II scheme in 11 cities of the state.
700 Electric Buses in 14 Cities
A private firm has been given the contract to operate the buses in all 14 cities. The tendering process has approved by the state cabinet on Monday. A total of 700 electric buses would ply in 14 cities. Out of those, 600 buses will be operated under the centre’s FAME-II scheme in 11 cities of the state, which are Lucknow, Meerut, Prayagraj, Agra, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Varanasi, Moradabad, Aligarh, Jhansi and Bareilly.
Remaining 100 other buses would be operated in Gorakhpur, Shahjahanpur, Mathura-Vrindavan by the state government under UP Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and Mobility Policy 2019.
UP will now work to get the funds sanctioned to create infrastructure that majorly includes charging sheds and depots.
Lucknow, Kanpur and Agra will get 100 buses each, whereas Prayagraj, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Meerut, Mathura-Vrindavan will get 50 buses each and finally Moradabad, Aligarh, Jhansi, Bareilly, Gorakhpur and Shahjahanpur will get 25 buses each. The total cost of the project is Rs 965 crore.
Under FAME-II, the states will be provided with a Rs 45 lakhs subsidy by centre for every electric bus that it hires. State won’t purchase the buses; private firms will operate the buses for ten-year period.
Besides all these, nearly 130 routes on which electric buses will ply in 14 cities will be mapped on Google. This will help in planning and management of the routes even better. The directorate of urban transport is getting the routes mapped by Remote Sensing Application Centre (RSAC), Lucknow.
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