The state transport department will now run green and clean ST bus on Gujarat’s roads.
The decision is part of its move to be more eco-friendly.
The Centre has approved 50 such eco-friendly buses in the first lot for the state.
The department has already issued a tender for the same.
Fifty additional buses will be bought at a later date. A request for the same has been sent to the Centre.
Of the 50 ST buses that have been allotted for Gujarat, 20 will run along the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar route.
The rest of the ST buses will be used along the Ahmedabad-Vadodara and Rajkot-Jamnagar route.
Buses in India
India at present has around 1.6 million buses of different capacities.
Of this, a mere 1,70,000 public buses are run by operators.
City transport services are run under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
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5,000 buses are operational under the PPP model.
The Centre earlier announced that it will bring in 10,000 electric buses to help battle the rising pollution in the country.
A committee of joint secretaries was also formed to implement the plan pan-India.
The Centre is also likely to offer subsidy to the states to help in the purchase of such vehicles.
Details of the eco-bus
- Length: 9 mts
- Floor height: 650-900 mm
- Fully air-conditioned
- Can run 200km in a single charge.
- New charging stations to be set up in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Jamnagar
ST buses incur a loss of Rs4.46 cr
The state transport department runs 4584 buses every day covering 17744 trips.
The buses run 19,49,005 km ferrying 3,52,599 passengers.
Since the COVID-19 began, each bus is sanitised and every passenger has to undergo thermal screening.
Social distancing is also maintained while ferrying passengers with the result that the buses don’t use 100% of their carrying capacity.
Each bus now carries just 29 passengers.
The per day earning for the ST buses in the state post-Unlock is Rs1,76,68,131.
The department incurs a loss of Rs4.46 crore.
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