Electric buses in Twin City, Puri mooted
Bhubaneswar: In a bid to promote clean and green energy and check pollution, Odisha government will soon introduce electric-powered buses in three cities. This was stated by Science & Technology Minister Ashok Panda in Assembly on Saturday. Panda said the electric buses will operate within the radius of 100 km in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri.
“We are going to phase out conventional mode of transport system. Odisha will start operating electric buses within 100 km range in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri,” he said.
A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been circulated among all stakeholders.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had recently approved a Rs 10,000 crore package for the second phase of Faster Adoption & Manufacturing of Electric (and hybrid) vehicles scheme, also known as FAME.
The Centre’s push for electric buses is in sync with its larger vision of curbing dependence on fossil fuel and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) is planning to induct electric buses in its fleet as part of its upgradation plan.