In line with the state government's vision to make Assam a pollution free state, Assam Chief Minister (CM) Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday (4 November) flagged off 15 electric buses which were introduced under Assam State Transport Corporation in the city.
The new buses procured under 'Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles' (FAME-1) and introduced as a pilot project will ply from Panbazar to Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, officials said on Monday (4 November).
"Following the vision of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, Assam government is moving forward to make Assam a pollution free state," said CM Sonowal while speaking on the occasion. He said that depending on the success of this pilot project, the government will introduce electric bus services across the state in phases.
Stating that the state government is working to transform Guwahati as the gateway to the South East Asian countries, the CM said that such a vision to materialise requires a great deal of support from all sections of society. He also added that the introduction of electric vehicles is a small step towards achieving the government's goal of making Assam a pollution free state and there is a lot to be done in future.
The state government is likely to introduce 100 additional electric buses under FAME-2 for which necessary process have been started. Out of these buses 50 buses will ply in Guwahati, 25 each will be pressed into service at Jorhat and Silchar.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)
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