Delhi Govt to Run 1,000 Electric Buses to Curb Air Pollution

Further, the move is in-line with the Delhi government’s 2018-19 Green Budget aimed at fighting against air pollution, as it had planned to reduce 20.9 lakh metric tonne CO2 and PM 2.5 by 503 MT.

In a move to tackle the severe air pollution problem in the national capital, the Delhi Government has approved the hiring of a consultant to run 1,000 electric buses on Delhi roads.

Further, the move is in-line with the Delhi government’s 2018-19 Green Budget aimed at fighting against air pollution, as it had planned to reduce 20.9 lakh metric tonne CO2 and PM 2.5 by 503 MT.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had informed about the development on Twitter through his tweet, “Cabinet approves hiring of consultant to run 1,000 electric buses in Delhi. A big step in modernising Delhi’s transport sector and reducing pollution.”

Earlier this month, the Delhi government had informed the Supreme Court that each vehicle would cost around Rs 2.5 crore.

In March this year in its green budget, the Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia had announced that 1,000 electric buses to be procured. “Apart from China, this would be the biggest fleet of electric buses in the world,” he said.

Besides, 905 electric feeder buses for the Metro for last mile connectivity were also announced during the Budget.

To boost electric mobility, electric vehicle policy with a focus on two-wheelers to be formulated, said the Delhi Finance Minister.

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Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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