APSRTC to operate 100 electric buses in Tirupati
The State government will run 100 electric buses in Tirupati intercity and in Tirumala shortly. This step has been taken to prevent pollution in the temple city, said APSRTC Vice-Chairman and Managing Director (VC&MD) Ch. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao.
APSRTC has issued an e-tender for operating 350 electric buses in Visakhapatnam (100 buses), Tirupati (50), Tirumala (50), Vijayawada (50) and Kakinada (50 buses). The tender process has been completed.
In 2019, it had also issued a tender to procure 350 air-conditioned electric buses under the FAME-II ( Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles). The AP government is looking to deploy electric buses on specific routes in the state. The buses are expected to be procured on a gross cost contract (GCC) basis. The bidders have to look after the operation and the maintenance of the buses. This will also include the installation of an 11 kV substation, charging stations, related equipment and maintenance.
The bus sizes are expected to be 9 meters and 12m and it offers demand incentives as per the FAME India guidelines. The contract will be for 12 years. Earlier the State (APEDB-Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board) and Urja Global have signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) to set up Li-ion batteries manufacturing units and electric vehicles to contribute to building the ecosystem in India.
As per the MoU, Urja Global will invest ₹2 billion (~$28.55 million) which is helpful to create 250 direct and 1,000 indirect employment opportunities. These manufacturing units will be set up at Anantapur, Nellore and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has announced its new electric mobility policy in the Andhra Pradesh Energy Innovation Summit 2019. The Policy states that it will invest a combined Rs. 30,000 crore and about 60,000 jobs. The government has approved an R&D grant of ₹ 500 crores for EVs.
Last year, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation had announced that it will soon introduce electric buses to transport visiting pilgrims to Tirumala Hills where the famous temple of Lord Venkateswara is located, from Tirupati.
It aims to maintain the hilly areas to be from pollution, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that manages the hill decided to introduce electric buses in the place of those operated by diesel, TTD Board Chairman YV Subba Reddy told. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also reacted positively to the request made by TTD said, Reddy.
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