Delhi government approves 1,500 electric buses for public transport fleet

The Delhi government on Friday approved the induction of 1,500 low-floor electric buses in its public transport fleet, an official statement said. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has also decided to allot 10 sites to various agencies for setting up Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations and battery swapping stations under the Delhi EV Policy 2020.

The city government also approved running 75 inter-state buses on 11 routes in five states and one union territory.

The DTC board also decided to increase the stipend given to women during training from Rs 6,000 to Rs 12,000 per month for appointment to the post of drivers on contract basis with HMV driving license.

The board had already removed the condition of holding an HMV driving license for at least three years for women employed as bus drivers in its fleet, the statement said.

The 10 sites allotted to various service providers for setting up EV charging and battery swapping stations are Ambedkar Nagar Depot, Jal Vihar Terminal, Dilshad Garden Terminal, Karawal Nagar Terminal, Shadipur Depot, Mayapuri Depot, Bindpur Terminal, East Vinod Nagar, Punjabi. Bagh, and Rohini Depot-I. Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) through a competitive bidding process has identified four service providers who will soon sign an agreement with DTC to set up EV charging/battery swapping stations at these locations. The DTC board also resolved to provide in-principle approval for procurement of 75 (38 non-AC and 37 AC) CNG standard floor buses for interstate operations.

These buses will run on 11 routes between five states (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab) and Chandigarh-Delhi-Rishikesh, Delhi-Haridwar, Delhi-Dehradun, Delhi-Haldwani, Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Bareilly. Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Patiala, the statement said.


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