The Union ministry of road transport is planning to provide 30 electric-powered buses to select cities across the nation soon. In fact, Bangalore Road Transport Corporation has already taken its lab trials for months. Now, the government wants to start trial of these buses on the road, by which the cost of operations and practical feasibility of the concept will be found out.
Initially the trial will be started with 30 electric-powered buses and of the 30 buses, seven will ply at Agra, Meerut, Lucknow, Varanasi, Allahabad, Gorakhpur and Kanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh. According to UPSRTC sources, the corporation wants to phase-out CNG and diesel-run city buses with electric-powered buses
before 2016-end and obviously this will reduce pollution levels as well as cut down the overall cost of operation in the long run.
In so far, the corporation had already sent a group of nearly 20 officials from different regions to European countries such as Switzerland, France and Italy, to study public transportation systems in those countries and obtain knowledge about new and eco-friendly technologies, in the month of June.