In order to promote e-mobility in the city, Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMCBL) has decided to scrap the proposal of purchasing 100 CNG-run mini-buses with 150 electric buses as its substitute.
Approved simply around six months again, the GMCBL has hanged apart its plan to add 100 mini buses to its depleted fleet, with the point of interest now moving towards purchasing 150 electrical buses as a substitute.
“The project for mini buses was approved in December 2021. But it has been decided not to go for it because the government is encouraging the use of electric vehicles,” a senior authentic of the company mentioned.
“We will get electric buses in place of those 100 mini buses we planned to procure earlier. The Haryana transport department is going to be procuring the electric buses for the entire state,” the authentic mentioned, including that GMCBL closing month instructed the federal government that it’s going to want “midi electric buses” which might be 9 meters lengthy.
The procurement of electric buses is predicted to take a minimum of 6-7 months, officers mentioned, at a time when town is already operating on a fleet of simply 200 buses, of which 50 were quickly dispatched to be used in Faridabad.
It may be not going that the buses lent to the neighboring town will go back to the GMCBL’s fold anytime this year.
“The process of procurement itself tends to take around six to seven months, and we cannot get our 50 buses back until the Faridabad Metropolitan Development Authority (FMDA) buys its own buses. Our buses are unlikely to return before next year,” mentioned the authentic quoted above.
“Gurgaon needs at least 500 more buses soon to be able to comfortably cater to the demand,” mentioned highway protection skilled Sarika Panda Bhatt.
“In the last six months, the plan to add more buses has been made and then unmade in favor of something else. It is this constant back and forth that delays the projects, while it is the commuters and residents who pay the price. Why can’t authorities put in the time and research to coordinate their efforts and ensure that a single plan is followed through, instead of wasting time,” requested Narender Kumar, a resident of Adarsh Nagar in Gurgaon.
Experts, alternatively, additionally mentioned the shift to electrical automobiles used to be in the end a favorable construction. “Electric vehicles are a one-time investment, with low maintenance costs and requirements,” mentioned Bhatt.
“The best factor is that towns want to broaden charging infrastructure to be sure that the device works successfully. I be expecting officers would have factored this in whilst making plans to get electrical buses,” she added.