In an attempt to improve public transport and curb air pollution caused by vehicle emission, the UP government has decided to introduce battery-driven electric buses in the urban areas of as many as 13 districts.
Centre has already approved a budget of around Rs 900 crore for the purpose and the process of tendering has been initiated, according to official sources at Uttar Pradesh Urban Transport Directorate.
As many as 650 electric buses — 100 each in Lucknow, Kanpur and Agra, 50 each in Varanasi, Meerut, Prayagraj, and Ghaziabad and 25 each in Moradabad, Aligarh, Bareilly, Jhansi and Gorakhpur — will be added to the existing fleet. The municipal corporations in various districts have been directed to identify suitable land under their jurisdiction to set up charging stations for these buses.
Speaking with TOI, joint director, urban transport directorate, Lucknow, Ajit Singh said, “The state government is planning to strengthen the public transport system in UP. Read More
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