Goa plans to procure 10 electric buses that will soon be operational in the state. The vehicles, that will be operated by Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), will be deployed on all state routes where the corporation runs its existing buses. A proposal in this regard has been sent by the transport department to the government.
“The proposal is under process. We will procure the buses in various lots (batches of ten) because the intent of the department is very clear: the future is electric both from the economic and environmental point of view. In a small state with a thick population density like Goa, electric vehicles will go a long way in improving the efficiency of the public transport system,” a transport official told TOI.
The first electric bus was inaugurated by former chief minister Manohar Parrikarin 2018. It underwent a three-month trial run in the state.
“Besides urban areas, these buses can be operated on village routes. Existing KTC drivers will be trained to drive the buses, and the company (which supplies the buses) will certify their training,” a KTC official said.
The government had earlier signed an agreement with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for assistance in procuring 100 electric buses and setting up charging stations at all major bus stands across Goa.
KTC sources said that after being supplied with the electric buses, the maintenance, charging of vehicles and investment will be handled by NTPC. These buses are expected to be operational in the state following the end of the Lok Sabha elections and bypolls, they said.
“The tender process for manufacturing of these vehicles will take some time. We will also have to import the batteries from abroad. It is only after we place the order, that the vehicles can go for manufacture. However, the speed at which things are moving, we should have the vehicles in Goa by June. The NTPC had floated a tender in March for 400 buses, 100 of which are for Goa,” a KTC official said.
News Source : Times of India