Centre to invite bids, Subsidy for 2,000 e-
buses to be reallocated
To promote electric mobility in India, the State transport departments will receive an invitation next month from the Centre for reallocation of central subsidy for 2,000 electric buses under its FAME-II scheme. Centre to invite bids for e-buses.
The cities that are defaulted in the first round are not eligible to participate. The government is expected to issue an expression of interest (EOI) next month under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) scheme. But it is said to be open only for state utilities that have awarded tenders or are close to award tenders as per the scheme.
Centre to invite bids for e-buses
One of the people aware of the development said that about 18 cities that have not been able to initiate tendering to award contracts to bus companies to avail subsidy under FAME II will not be allowed to bid.”
“This will ensure only serious players are allocated subsidies for buying electric buses,” “The electric bus industry has been demanding to bar cities that squat on allocated subsidies.” The subsidies allocated to these cities to procure electric buses under the scheme initiated in August last year will now be reallocated.
Under the FAME scheme, 30 cities have been awarded contracts for 2,000 electric buses and the deadline expired on January 15. 20 other cities are at various stages of finalisation of contracts for about 1,900 e-buses.
Hyderabad, Agartala, Shimla, Srinagar, Jammu and Raipur are the cities that have not initiated the tendering process under the FAME II scheme. Six cities in the list are from Andhra Pradesh.
The transport authorities of Bengaluru, Uttarakhand, Kochi, Kozhikode and about eight cities in Tamil Nadu are in the final stages of awarding contracts and will be able to avail allocated subsidy and also participate in the forthcoming bidding.
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