To carry out its ambitious plan of creating a fleet of 1,000 electric buses, Delhi government is trying to rope in private players who would procure and operate these buses in lieu of the operating cost paid by the government.
Delhi’s transport minister Kailash Gahlot told TOI that the government doesn’t want to outright buy electric buses primarily due to two reasons — the prohibitive cost of these buses and the ever changing technology of the electric vehicle sector, which might prove maintenance of buses a tough proposition.
Delhi government has been toying with the idea of adding these environment-friendly buses to the capital’s public transport fleet for some time and initially, the plan was to induct a limited number of buses — between 100 and 200 — and then gradually enlarging the fleet. However, in his budget speech in March, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia announced that the government would procure 1,000 electric buses. Read More