Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Govt of India sanctions subsidy for 5595 electric buses in 64 cities under FAME II.

Tata Ultra Electric bus has been deployed in Lucknow, Kolkata, Guwahati, Jammu Kashmir under FAME I scheme.


The Department of Heavy Industry has approved the sanction of 5595 electric buses to 64 Cities, State Government Entities, State Transport Undertakings (STUs) for intra-city and intercity operation under FAME India scheme phase II in order to give a further push to clean mobility in public transportation.

The Department had invited the Expression of Interest (EoI) from million-plus cities, smart cities, State/UT capitals and cities from special category states for submission of proposal for deployment of electric buses on an operational cost basis.

Eight six proposals from 26 States/UTs for the deployment of 14988 e-Buses were received. After evaluation of these proposals as per EoI, on the advice of Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee, the Government sanctioned 5095 electric buses to 64 Cities / State Transport Corporations for intra-city operation, 400 electric buses for intercity operation and 100 electric buses for last-mile connectivity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Each selected City/STUsis required to initiate the procurement process in a time-bound manner for the deployment of sanctioned electric buses on an operational cost basis. As per EoI, buses which satisfy required localization level and technical eligibility notified under FAME India scheme phase II will be eligible for funding under FAME India scheme phase II.

Tier 1 cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore will receive 300 electric buses each. Surprisingly, Chennai's proposal seems to be rejected. Pune and Surat are set to get 150 electric buses each. 400 electric buses will be deployed towards intercity operations and will be handed over to State Transport Corporations. Maharashtra has received highest allocation of 775 buses followed by Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu.

These buses will run about 4 billion kilometers during their contract period and are expected to save cumulatively about 1.2 billion liters of fuel over the contract period, which will result into avoidance of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emission.


Source - PIB.