The Indian government has approved the sanction of 5595 electric buses to 64 Cities, State Government Entities, State Transport Undertakings (STUs) for intra-city and intercity operation under FAME India scheme phase II. The government action will give a further push to clean mobility in public transportation in India.
The Department of Heavy Industry had invited the Expression of Interest (EoI) from million-plus cities, smart cities, State/UT capitals and cities from special category states for submission of proposal for deployment of electric buses on operational cost basis.
Following this, the government has received eight six proposals from 26 States/UTs for the deployment of 14988 e-Buses. After evaluation of these proposals as per EoI, on the advice of Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee (PISC) the union government has sanctioned 5,095 electric buses to 64 Cities / State Transport Corporations for intra-city operation and 400 electric-driven buses for intercity operation.
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As many as 100 electric-driven buses will be deployed for connectivity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Each selected City/STUs are required to initiate the procurement process in a time bound manner for deployment of electric buses on operational cost basis. As per EoI, buses that satisfy required localization level and technical eligibility notified under FAME India scheme phase II will be eligible for funding under FAME India scheme phase II.
These buses will run about 4 billion kilometers during their contract period and are expected to save cumulatively about 1.2 billion liters of fuel over the contract period, which will result into avoidance of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emission.
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