The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, November 8
Banwarilal Purohit, Governor Punjab & Administrator, Chandigarh inaugurated two lots of buses, including 40 intra-city Electric buses and 20 long route HVAC buses in the presence of Dharam Pal, Adviser to the Administrator, Nitin Kumar Yadav, Home Secretary, Praver Ranjan, DGP, and Pradhuman Singh, Director Transport.
With respect to 20 long-route HVAC buses flagged off on Monday, an agreement was signed in March 2022 with M/s Tata Motors for Purchase of 20 Inter-State routes. The buses have been delivered by M/s Tata Motors and said buses are proposed to be ply from ISBT-43 and ISBT-17 to Pathankot, Batala, Fatehabad, Amritsar, Abohar, Katra, Manali, Ludhiana, Shimla, Jaipur, Jhajjar and Haridwar.
These new HVAC buses are having latest emission standards i.e. BS-VI and have latest technology electronically controlled Diesel Engines.
With respect to the 40 intra-city Electric buses flagged off, an agreement was signed with M/s Volvo Eicher in February 2022. The First lot of 5 buses out of these, were flagged off by Union Home Minister, Govt. of India on 30.07.2022 and were put on Commercial Operations. This second lot of 40 Electric buses are planned to cover routes from New Maloya Colony to Ram Darbar and Manimajra, ISBT-43 to Manimajra and Behlana, Maloya to Mansa Devi.
The Department of Heavy Industries, under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Govt. of India had sanctioned 80 Electric buses for UT Chandigarh under Phase-II FAME India Scheme. The first lot of 40 buses, buses have been launched and are under operation from November 2021 onwards. The Second lot of 40 buses were flagged off on Monday.