EV Infra: Double-decker Buses To Be Reintroduced In Bengaluru In Electric Version
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is currently working to introduce ten double-decker air-conditioned e-buses in Bengaluru.
As part of the National Clean Air Program, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Climate Change, sanctioned Rs 140 crore for the BBMP to improve air quality for 2021–2022.
It includes funding for the adoption of environmentally friendly AC double-decker buses.
In the 1970s and 1980s, commuters frequently took double-decker buses to get to popular locations like M.G. Road, Shivajinagar, and City Market. However, they were gradually phased out of the BMTC fleet.
Due to declining interest, the sole bus in the fleet used for city excursions was discontinued in 2014.
BMTC director (IT) AV Surya Sen said, "we plan to purchase a total of 10 AC double decker buses. Of the 10, amount has been sanctioned for five.
We are also in the process of identifying the routes. They are likely to be operated on Outer Ring Road and other peripheral roads/outskirts since area clearance is required", reports Economic Times.
BMTC officials are discussing with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) to secure financing for an additional five of these buses.
The centre also allocated Rs 20 crore for the electrification of 15 bus depots as part of the FAME (faster adoption and manufacturing of hybrid and electric vehicles) scheme, which aims to promote the usage of hybrid and electric cars.
According to BMTC officials, narrow roads and those with flyovers, overhead power lines, telecom cables, and tree branches could pose significant challenges for the double-decker buses to operate.
Another concern includes the poor condition of the roads, in addition to the gradient and curvature.
The first electric double-decker bus is likely to run on the Central Silk Board-Hebbal route.
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