India’s premier government-sponsored think tank, NITI Aayog, has come up with a new policy that aims to change the face of India’s public transport with a combination of electric vehicles, as well as upcoming technology such as the Hyperloop and SkyTrans. Here are the key ideas from this new plan:
Under the new policy, Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh had already begun tests for using only electric vehicles for public transport.
Five cities, namely Bengaluru and Mysuru in Karnataka, Amaravati, Kakinada and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, have been selected for the implementation of the new policy. However, only one or two of them may be selected in the final round.
Ride-sharing aggregators like Ola and Uber have also reportedly agreed to this plan. When the government finally puts it in motion, they have to agree to ply only electric cars.
Among the cities being considered, Amaravati and Mysuru may be best suited for the proposal. Amaravati, a completely new city being built in the vicinity of Vijayawada, can be a city with electric public transport vehicles right from the start. Mysuru, on the other hand, is a relatively traffic-free city that has a reasonably well-implemented Intelligent Transit System for vehicle tracking.
Electric buses may not be able to cope with the congestion in larger cities such as Bengaluru and Delhi, and need to be first introduced in cities with lesser traffic.
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) had conducted trial runs of a completely electric bus that was imported from China in 2014. However, when the corporation proposed to procure 150 such buses recently at an estimated cost of Rs 2.7 crore per bus, it attracted a lot of criticism. Read More…