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Arvind Kejriwal to flag off Delhi’s first DTC electric bus today



Arvind Kejriwal to flag off Delhi's first DTC electric bus today

Arvind Kejriwal to flag off Delhi’s first DTC electric bus today

The electric buses are being procured by the Delhi government in order to combat the air pollution in the national capital. More buses will be added to the DTC fleet starting February.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will on Monday flag off Delhi Transport Corporation’s (DTC’s) first electric bus. The ceremony will take place at DTC’s Indraprastha’s depot at 12 noon.

Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot will be present on the occasion. The electric buses are being rolled out to combat air pollution in the national capital.

The prototype bus, which arrived earlier this month, will run on 27-kilometre-long Route E44 (Pragati Maidan to IP Depot via ITO, Safdarjung, Ashram). It has been manufactured by JBM Auto Limited.

Fifty more e-buses are expected to be inducted into the DTC fleet next month, when the roll out for mass public transport begins.

There are 2,300 total electric buses in the pipeline. Out of these, 1,300 will be procured by the DTC and the rest 1,000 will operate under the cluster scheme.

According to Gahlot, e-buses will be added in batches of about 50 every month after the first roll out in February.

The Delhi government will equip bus depots with charging stations for these e-buses. This will be done in phases.

Further, the DTC will build four “hybrid” bus depots, which will be a combination of electric and CNG buses. These will be the Subhash Place depot, Rajghat depot, Hasanpur depot and Bawana.

The plan to induct e-buses in Delhi was first announced in July, 2018. In the future, the Delhi government will procure only electric buses.

Meanwhile, in a bid to further enhance public mobility, Kejriwal on Friday flagged off 100 low-floor AC CNG buses, taking the public transport bus fleet size to 6,900.

Before this, Delhi saw 6,000 buses in the fleet of Delhi transport department during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The new AC CNG buses will run from Ghumanhera depot in outer Delhi to cater to Delhi’s rural areas, on nine cluster bus routes in Delhi.