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Heavy criticism for delaying the induction of e-Buses

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has been under heavy criticism for delaying the induction of e-Buses in to it’s fleet. They seem to have now woken up, and are planning to convert their whole fleet to electric-run by 2030.

BMTC officials said they are creating a road map in order to replace all their highly polluting diesel buses with e-Buses. They plan to deploy about 1,500 e-Buses in three years. Five hundred of these will be inducted over the next year. These 500 e-Buses included 10 air-conditioned airport dedicated buses, 80 air-conditioned other service buses, and 400 non-air conditioned buses.

The BMTC currently has 3,067 BS-III and 3,423 BS-IV compliant vehicles. The Central Government however, is all set to upgrade emission standards from BS-IV to BS-VI starting 1 April 2020. The BMTC’s initial plan was to induct 80 e-Buses on a lease basis under the FAME-I scheme.

FAME-II scheme providing subsidy only through PPP model, BMTC says they will induct the first 500 e-Buses on lease. Under the lease model, a select operator will have to provide buses with qualified drivers and operate on routes provided by the BMTC for a particular period.