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Tender for e-buses to be placed before Delhi cabinet soon: Gahlot

Tender for e-buses to be placed before Delhi cabinet soon: Gahlot

NEW DELHI: Tender for procuring e-buses is in the final stage and will be presented before the Delhi Cabinet very soon for approval, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said on Thursday after flagging off the trial run of a battery-operated standard size bus. After launching the trial run, Gahlot said that trial run would help the Government in understanding the issues involved in the running of electric buses, including the requirement of charging infrastructure. Lessons learnt during the trial run would help in formulating the bid document for 1,000 Electric Buses.

He said that the department is "fully prepared" to implement the odd-even road rationing scheme, whenever the need arises in view of deteriorated air quality in the national Capital. The Delhi government is moving ahead with procuring e-buses to combat high levels of air pollution in the city. "The tender of e-buses is in the final stage. It will be presented before the cabinet very soon and floated after its approval," Gahlot said.

The low-floor e-bus flagged off for trial will ply between Anand Vihar and Mehrauli for three months. This is the third trial of e-buses of three different companies in the last two months. The e-bus, manufactured by Olectra, has a seating capacity of 35 persons and can run for 250 km on a single charge. "On a single charge, the bus is claimed to run 250 kms. The trials are aimed to check the claims of the company. The routes in Delhi covered by public transport buses are on average around 220 km," Gahlot said.

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