Tamil Nadu Government to introduce 2000 Electric buses. During the financial year, the government presented the budget stating that it would introduce 10,000 BS-VI compliant buses and 2,000 electric buses. In the first phase, they will introduce 500 electric buses and 2,213 new BSVI- compliant buses at a cost of Rs 1,580 crore.
Tamil Nadu is one among the states of India, which are actively and honestly making efforts to curb pollution by promoting environment-friendly vehicles. Recently, to boost the use of electric vehicles, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced the Electric Vehicle Policy 2019.
According to that policy, all-electric vehicles will be exempted from Motor Vehicles Tax till 2022 and manufacturers will get incentives on investment, land cost and 100% exemptions from state goods and Services Tax (SGST), land registration fees tax and electricity tax.
Tamil Nadu Government to introduce 2000 Electric buses
Now, the Tamil Nadu government, during the financial year, presented the budget stating that it would introduce 10,000 BS-VI compliant buses and 2,000 electric buses. In the first phase, they will introduce 500 electric buses and 2,213 new BSVI- compliant buses at a cost of Rs 1,580 crore.
In the presence of the Chief Minister, K Palaniswami, an agreement between the state government and German-based bank KfW was signed in September to procure 500 electric buses and 2,213 BSVI compliant buses.
The tenders were floated to operate 525 electric buses in main cities like Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Vellore and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. These electric buses come under the Centre’s Fame India II scheme and hence TN is the fourth state in the country to achieve this feat.
Already in August, among these 525 buses, the chief minister flagged off the State’s first all-electric, air-conditioned bus in Chennai. The buses are from the automobile giant, Ashok Leyland manufactured the buses which have the capacity to carry 50 persons.
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