Electric buses might soon be seen plying on the streets if Gujarat, as the state government is all set to introduce a pilot project to run six of them between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.
These electric buses are being introduced with the view of reducing pollution, and fighting the menace of vehicular emissions.
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“The automobile industry will be invited to manufacture electric vehicles in the state as there is a rising need to enhance pollution-free public transport system in the country,” said Gujarat Transport Minister Vijay Rupani.
The announcement was made during a meeting of transport ministers of different states and union territories that was held in New Delhi on December 10. The topic of discussion was – ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles in India’. Vijay Rupani added that the electric buses pilot project will be under the control of Gujarat Power Corporation Limited, in association with Gujarat State Transport Corporation. The Gandhinagar Central Bus Station will have solar powered stations for charging the electric buses.
The meeting was chaired by Union Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister, Anant Geete. Vijay Rupani also discussed about the need the centre government to reduce VAT charges and abolish the registration duty on electric vehicles. He requested the government to curtail import duty on the buses too.
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