Chandigarhians are in for a treat with Smart City projects all lined up to start.
A 15-day trial run of the electric bus in Chandigarh has been introduced on Wednesday. The bus started from the PGIMER and was driven to and fro IT Park in Manimajra.
The 9-meter electric bus, with a seating capacity of 26 passengers, was operated without passengers as it did not have the permit to carry passengers.
A detailed report will be prepared after the trial run to know how much charging time is required to ply the bus, and what distance it runs on that charge. The battery size of the bus and its output will also be examined after the trail run.
The CTU had been in touch with different companies which have been adopting different non-polluting technologies in their buses. The bus is said to cost about Rs 1.5 crore, out of which 60% (Rs 90 lakh) is the cost of the battery. The Centre is also providing subsidy to introduce zero-emission retrofitted electric buses.
The operational cost of the bus is said to be lesser than the normal bus. It also has facilities like a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera, a public address system and firefighting equipment.
Source: Hindustan Times
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