New Delhi: The first electric bus in India’s capital Delhi has joined the fleet of the Transport Department, which has been informed by the Transport Minister of Delhi Government, Kailash Gehlot. He wrote on Twitter, “Congratulations Delhi! After a long wait, the prototype of DTC’s first fully electric bus has reached Delhi!,” Kailash Gehlot also posted some photos of this bus on Twitter. He further informed that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will flag off the new electric buses soon.
300 electric buses in January 2022
Recently, in an interview to news agency IANS, Gehlot had announced that 300 electric buses would be included in the fleet of Delhi Transport Department in January 2022. He said, “As far as CNG buses are concerned, the Delhi government will induct 800 buses running on Compressed Natural Gas in the fleet of DTC traffic in two batches. In this, 450 CNG buses will be included in the first batch and 350 buses in the second batch. After that we are going to include only electric buses for public transport in the coming times.
Government floats tender for 100 charging stations
State Transport Minister further informed that the government has floated tender for 100 charging stations and after that 100 more electric vehicle chargers will be installed in the next lot. Gehlot said, “These will be different from the more than 100 charging stations installed at different places in Delhi.” Apart from these, DTC is planning to install similar charging stations at Dwarka Sector 8, Dwarka Sector 2 Depot, Mehrauli Terminal, Nehru Place Terminal, Okhla CW-2, Sukhdev Vihar Depot and Kalkaji Depot.
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Pollution in Delhi at its lethal level
Gehlot has promised that by next year, the public will start getting a charging station arrangement every three km in Delhi. According to which a large number of vehicles are being seen on the roads in Delhi, this is one of the biggest reasons due to which the pollution in Delhi has reached its deadly level. With electric buses, it is expected to reduce the pollution level in Delhi. Conversely, the Delhi government has stopped state subsidies on private electric cars, which may put some hurdle in the move.