Rajkot applies for 150 e-buses under FAME

Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has applied for150 electric buses under central government’s FAME India phase-2 scheme. The central government under this scheme provides Rs 45 lakh grant per e-bus for urban transportation. RMC would get to know the status of the application by the end of August. 

Meanwhile, the civic body has already initiated a process to procure 50 e-buses of its own.

Under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020, the Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) has floated the scheme FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid And Electric Vehicles in India) phase-2. The central government intends to convert fuel-based urban mass transport vehicles to electricity by 2030. 

RMC commissioner Bancchanidhi Pani said, “We have applied for 150 bus of 9 metres length in July under FAME phase-2. We intend to run 20 e-buses on BRTS lane, while rest will ply on city bus routes.”

Meanwhile, RMC has already initiated the process to procure 50 e-buses for which the the civic body has received fund of Rs 12.50 crore from Airport Authority of India under its CSR activities. 

RMC has incorporated Rajkot Rajpath Limited (RRL), a special purpose vehicle, to operate bus services in the city to operate both BRTS and city buses.

J D Kukadia, general manager of RRL, said, “We have a plan to replace all diesel buses with electric in coming months to reduce environment pollution.”

Currently, RRL operates 90 city buses with 45,000 daily commuters, while 10 BRTS buses ferry 22,000 passengers daily.