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West Bengal to Add 2,000 Electrical Buses, Says Transport Minister


In a bid to scale back vehicular air pollution, the West Bengal authorities is specializing in including 2,000 electrical buses to its fleet and likewise changing a minimum of 3,000 diesel-run buses into CNG-powered automobiles within the subsequent few years, state Transport Minister Firhad Hakim stated on Sunday.

Round 80 electrical buses are at the moment plying the roads of Kolkata, Hakim stated, including {that a} pilot undertaking for turning 30 fossil fuel-run buses into CNG-operated ones has been accomplished, and the outcomes are encouraging.

“We’re in search of 2,000 electrical buses and are hopeful so as to add these automobiles to the present fleet within the subsequent 3-4 years. At current, manufacturing of such inexperienced buses is much less owing to lack of provide for lithium battery,” Hakim, additionally the town mayor, stated.

The core goal of the state transport plan is to scale back the usage of fossil fuels, which is able to result in a discount in air pollution and enchancment of air high quality.

Requested concerning the paucity of charging stations as a trigger for concern, he stated there are 76 such amenities.

“City transportation will quickly develop into utterly electrical & previous buses are being transformed to CNG in full swing. We’re dedicated to scale back our carbon footprint & I urge all residents to affix us on this battle for a greater world for our future generations,” Hakim tweeted earlier within the day.

Talking on the usage of compressed pure gasoline (CNG), a gasoline that’s cheaper than fossil fuels and environment-friendly, he stated the division is planning to transform 30,000 diesel-run buses into CNG-operated automobiles in a phased method.

“Now we have transformed diesel engines to CNG ones in 30 buses and the trial run was encouraging. We are actually planning to ramp it as much as 3,000 buses. The federal government can be interesting to non-public bus operators to affix this initiative,” he stated.

The state authorities has exempted registration charges, motor automobiles and different taxes for electrical automobiles to facilitate quicker adoption of inexperienced transport, the minister stated on the sidelines of a programme organised by a civil society organisation EnGIO in affiliation with Prabha Khaitan Basis on the event of World Atmosphere Day.


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