Delhi to announce 150 e-buses on Tuesday; 3-day free rides for commuters
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will signal 150 electric buses on Tuesday, an official statement said, adding that commuters will be able to travel free for three days.
Delhi will equal the national record for the largest number of buses introduced simultaneously with the addition of 150 electric buses to its fleet, it added.
Kejriwal launched two flagship electric buses in January.
Delhi residents will be able to travel free for three days – from May 24 to 26 – on electric buses operating on Delhi’s roads.
These buses emit no smoke, are equipped with CCTV cameras, GPS, 10 panic buttons, ramps for people with reduced mobility, etc.
Three depots at Mundela Kalan, Rajghat and Rohini Sector-37 have been fully electrified and are ready to accommodate these 150 new buses. The remaining 150 buses are also expected to be inducted over the coming month, he added.
After being flagged, these buses will operate on major roads in Delhi including road No. 502 between Mori Gate and Mehrauli Terminal and IP Depot – Connaught Place – Safdarjung – South Extension – Ashram – Jangpura – India Gate road.
The government also urged people to use its electric buses, take a selfie and post it with the hashtag #IrideEbus on their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. The top three entries will have a chance to win an iPad.
The Department of Transportation in an official communication on Monday said, “All DTC officers and operational crew may be advised accordingly and not insist on commuters purchasing tickets, during the aforementioned 03-day period in all DTC’s pure electric buses.”
A DTC official said the free trip is offered to encourage people to promote e-buses.
“This is done to motivate people and spread awareness about electric buses. With the addition of 150 buses, the fleet of electric buses will grow to 152,” the official added.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot was quoted in the statement as saying, “This is a great day for us. The Delhi government has always pushed its people to switch to greener modes of transport and switch to electric vehicles. to public transport, especially sustainable modes of public transport, is a lifestyle change we want to see among Delhiites.”
“We really want people to travel on these buses, experience the comfort and spread the word. I have personally driven and traveled on these buses, now you can also ride these buses which means zero pollution, zero noise, comfort max,” he added.
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