Delhi's bus fleet to be 80% electric by 2025: CM Arvind Kejriwal3 min read 24 Aug 2022, 07:51 PM IST
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said 80 per cent of the over 10,000 buses plying in the capital by 2025 will be electric, making Delhi the city with the highest number of e-buses in the country
Delhi will become the city with highest number of e-buses in the country by 2025 as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that 80 % of the over 10,000 buses plying in the capital by 2025 will be electric.
Fifty more electric buses will join the fleet in September. By September 30, there will be 300 such buses on the roads of Delhi.
Kejriwal while sharing the figures of number of buses in Delhi said, Delhi's bus fleet will cross 10,000 with this and will boast of an 80 per cent electric bus fleet.
"With over 8,000 e-buses Delhi will become the city with the most e-buses in the country." Currently, 7,373 buses are plying in Delhi out of which 250 are electric.
Kejriwal also said that electrification of bus depots is going on rapidly to support the revolution with charging infrastructure.
"Fifty-five bus depots are in line to get electric charging stations. Three depots are already electrified, 17 more to be electrified by June 2023 and all 55 by December 2023. We strive to develop a unique model of transport in Delhi," he said.
On Tuesday, 11 women bus drivers joined the team after receiving bus driving training at the government's training institute.
CM Kehriwal congratulated all of them by saying, "I am personally delighted to see our sisters take charge of the wheels of Delhi. In the coming times, 200 more women will be trained as bus drivers and join us very soon."
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the induction of 97 electric buses was a significant milestone.
"This is a befitting reply to those who were saying that DTC will shut down. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, we will make DTC the best state transporter. With today's induction of 97 electric buses, Delhi now has 250 electric buses which make 3.4 per cent of total buses in the public transportation fleet," he added.
With 7,373 buses in the fleet, the government said this is the highest number of buses ever existed within city bus transportation. This includes 4,064 buses being operated under Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and 3,309 buses being operated under DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transit Systems).
The Rajghat Depot will house 50 electric buses out of 97 flagged off on Wednesday. One bus will need only 42 minutes to go from zero to full charge.
With inputs from PTI.
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