Lucknow: The Yogi government has made great preparations to take the citizens of Uttar Pradesh to the destination through pollution-free and well-equipped public transport. In 2020, the concept of electric bus was embodied to fulfill this purpose and in 2 years it has been implemented in 14 big cities. Initially, the target was to run a fleet of 700 buses in these cities, out of which a total of 614 buses have been delivered in 2 lots.
At the same time, 583 buses are also being operated. Soon 86 buses will also be delivered, after which the entire fleet will be completed in these cities. At the same time, in the cities where electric buses have not yet been started, work is being done fast on its possibilities. It is worth mentioning that through these buses, the citizens of the state are traveling comfortably in air-conditioned buses at comparatively low fares. At the same time, the environment is also getting rid of the dangerous fumes of diesel-petrol buses.
Largest Fleet in Agra, Lucknow and Kanpur
The maximum fleet of buses is running in the state in Agra, Lucknow and Kanpur. The target is to run 100-100 buses in these cities, out of which 76 buses are operating in Agra, 100 in Lucknow and 82 in Kanpur. All 100 buses have been delivered in Lucknow and Kanpur, while 89 buses have been delivered in Agra. Talking about other cities, a fleet of 50-50 buses is operating in Mathura-Vrindavan, Varanasi and Prayagraj. At the same time, a fleet of 30 buses is running in Ghaziabad and Meerut, 25-25 in Aligarh, Gorakhpur and Jhansi and 10 in Bareilly, Moradabad and Shahjahanpur. Altogether 583 buses are operating in 14 cities of the state, while the delivery of 614 buses has been completed.
315 crore subsidy given
Recently, a presentation related to the operation of electric buses was made in the review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary DS Mishra. According to this, on March 11, 2020, a decision was taken to run electric buses in UP under the Bus Operator Agreement. The total cost of this entire project is 966 crores in which subsidy of Rs 315 crores has been provided. This includes a subsidy of Rs 270 crore from the Government of India and Rs 45 crore from the UP government. This entire project has been started under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles in India (FAME-2). FAME-1 was started in 2010 when the responsibility of city bus service was given to UPSRTC under JNNURM. Under this project, a total fleet of 1140 buses was put on the road. However, there were only 40 electric buses, which were first launched in Lucknow in 2018. This project was for only 7 cities, which included Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Meerut, Agra and Mathura. This scheme has been expanded in FAME-2 and only electric buses were given priority.
7 cities added to FAME-2
Where only 7 cities were included in FAME-1, 7 other cities were also added in FAME-2. Under this, out of the 700 electric buses that were proposed, 600 were sanctioned under FAME-2 and 100 buses were sanctioned by the Uttar Pradesh government. Sanction buses are being operated by the state government in Mathura-Vrindavan, Shahjahanpur and Gorakhpur.
Getting safe air
Not only in India, but in many countries of the world, the practice of electric buses is increasing. India has set a target of achieving zero emissions in 2070. For this, several policies are being implemented to promote the manufacture and sale of electric vehicles in the country. Accordingly, the state government has given preference to electric buses as city transport. This will not only improve the climate of the cities, but will also reduce the dependence of diesel-petrol for public transport. At the same time, people will also enjoy traveling in comfortable and air-conditioned buses for less money.