DTC Board of Directors Approves Induction of 1,245 Low Floor Buses, Auto News, ET Auto
The DTC board of directors has approved the installation of 1,245 low-floor buses, including 1,015 electric buses, to augment the common carrier’s aging fleet in the nation’s capital, officials said Thursday.
At its meeting last week chaired by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) board of directors decided to send a bus integration proposal to the Delhi government for approval. At the meeting, a decision was made to integrate 1,015 electric buses and 230 CNG buses as part of FAME II’s operating expense model (OPEX), officials said.
The second phase of the Centre’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME-II) program aims to support 7,090 electric buses with an incentive of up to Rs 50 lakh each with an ex-factory price of up to Rs. 2 crores.
The DTC Board of Directors also decided to appoint Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal System (DIMTS) to lead the bidding process for the installation of the buses. “We will soon present a detailed plan and a proposal for the integration of these buses to the Delhi Cabinet,” said a senior official at the Department of Transportation.
The Council also ordered the DTC to raise the matter with the Delhi government for its approval of funds for the installation of buses and the establishment of the necessary electrical infrastructure.
The DTC is already hiring 300 electric buses which should be deployed from November. The entire fleet is expected to be inducted by February next year, officials said.
DTC currently operates a fleet of over 3,700 low-floor buses, most of which are at the end of their useful life. Given the aging of the DTC bus fleet, the Delhi government last month decided to extend the lifespan of more than 2,600 buses to 15 years, officials said.
The Delhi government, which is working to boost public transport, has also issued tenders for the installation of 450 CNG buses and 190 electric buses under the DIMTS Cluster program.
DIMTS operates a mix of over 3,000 standard and low-floor buses as part of the Cluster program.
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