Ghaziabad: The city will receive a fleet of 50 electric buses in February. The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) has set a target for the operation of the buses. Keeping that in mind, the corporation has decided to fund Rs 30 crore to its construction and design system wing for the construction of charging station and bus depots.
A 26,000 square meter land was earmarked near Meerut junction for the setting up of charging station and bus depot. Besides, an electric substation will also come on this land. The construction is expected to start by February.
Buses to go off city limits, connect Noida, Dadri as well
Urban Transport Directorate, that comes under Urban Development Board, has been given the responsibility to operate the buses. The board has chalked out total 12 routes where the buses would run. However, the routes will be explored in phased manner.
“Initially, we have decided to run buses on short routes. These routes will connect colonies to highways, Noida and Dadri as well,” said Pramod Kumar, Additional Municipal Commissioner.
Buses to come equipped with rapid charging system
The buses will be air conditioned and thirty seater each. The buses will be equipped with the latest technology for fast charging. The buses will have new generation 151 kilowatt Lithium ion battery. This battery has rapid charging technology which makes it full charged within 45 minutes. The charging points installed in the bus depot will also support this technology. The buses have a mileage of 200 kilometers on full charge.
This project is being developed on a public-private partnership model. The fleet of electric buses will be provided by PMI Electro Mobility Solutions Private Limited. The maintenance of the buses will be done by the private company.
However, the fares of the travel are yet to be decided. The corporation is yet to figure it out.