Chairperson, Transport Committee, Bunty Kukde informed that the central govt. has sanctioned 100 electric buses to Nagpur Municipal Corporation. The wheels of these electric buses will role in the city by December end.
According to the sources, the civic body will soon sign an agreement with the manufacturing company of the electric buses on a fixed rate per km. In the case of Tejaswini buses we have got the lowest rate in the country, that is Rs. 42.50/km and in future approximately same formula would hold true, Kukde stated further.
The ownership of buses would be with NMC while company gets per km charge for operation of buses in the city. While electric buses come in three models, nine-metre, 12 metres and 18 metres but NMC is interested in small buses keeping in mind road width in the city. He said as per norms, Centre provides 40 per cent subsidy for buses while the cost of 9-metre buses comes to Rs 1.40 crores, Kukde added.
Further, the department is planning to set-up another depot at Wathoda where 10 acre land of NMC is lying vacant. This would enable to run services to localities in Wathoda, Umred road and Nandanvan in a better manner.
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