NTPC to provide 20 e-buses to Andaman and Nicobar Islands
New Delhi: NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC, has signed an agreement with Department of Transport of Andaman & Nicobar Islands for the deployment of electric buses in the Union Territory.
Under this project, the company is offering a complete transport solution, including 20 air-conditioned electric buses of nine metres each in phase 1. Apart from deployment of electric buses, NTPC and Andaman administration are collaborating for setting up public charging infrastructure in the Island.
The deployment of electric buses is all set to start running on a commercial basis by August 2020.
The agreement was signed by Binay Mallik, AGM (Business Development), NVVN and Navlendra Kumar Singh, Director (Transport), A&N on Wednesday, in the presence of Mohit Bhargava, CEO, NVVN and other senior officials of NTPC and NVVN.
Introduction of electric buses in the island will go a long way in protecting the diverse ecology by completely eliminating tailpipe emission; low levels of sound from e-buses shall also significantly reduce noise pollution.
Further, comfortable seating, smooth driving, GPS enabled buses are anticipated to bring in features like security and comfort for commuters.
This initiative will lead to an increase in overall
usage of public transport in the island.