Pune to introduce e-buses under Smart City Mission

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Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) is planning to introduce electric buses in the city under the go-green initiative. The civic body is looking to deploy three electrical buses (also called e-buses) under the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) on a trial basis for one month.

Under the chairmanship of Nitin Kareer of PSCDCL, members took the decision to deploy three buses on a trial basis before roping in 100 vehicles, which will run between Aundh, Baner and Balewadi. During the board meeting, 11 companies showed an interest in providing e-buses for the smart city project. But, only three of the 11 firms were ready to make trial runs.

Company’s board member, Chetan Tupe, said, “During the discussion of electrical buses, we have decided not to deploy 100 electrical buses without checking its financial viability and performance. The trial run of three buses will help us know the expenditure on electricity taken to recharge a bus.”

The Pune Municipal Corporation is expected to provide estimated monthly electricity worth Rs 1.50 lakh to these buses.

“PMPML will decide the route for the buses and provide the conductor. Bus provider companies will give their bus drivers. The PMPML will charge normal charges from commuters. After one month of trials, PSCDCL will take final decision on these electrical buses,” added Tupe.