Srinagar: Srinagar is going to have electric buses for passenger transportation under smart city mission, for which the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) has been asked to submit a Detailed Project Report.
The proposal has been made under the pan-city projects in urban mobility component of the Srinagar Smart City, an official statement issued here said.
“A formal request to this effect has been made by Farooq Ahmad Lone, Chief Executive Officer, Srinagar Smart City Limited to Managing Director, JKSRTC wherein M.D, JKSRTC has been requested to submit the DPR (Detailed Project Report) regarding the proposal,” the statement said.
The introduction of electric buses has been approved as Convergence Project between SRTC and Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) for which provision of Rs 19.88 crores has been proposed under the Smart City funding for the purpose spread over a period of two years, the statement said.
The electric buses are being promoted to reduce the levels of air pollution caused due to the conventional buses. Electric buses are battery driven which are electrically charged at designated charging stations. These also offer zero-emission, quiet operation and better acceleration compared to the traditional buses. With energy consumption of about 1.2 kWh/Km the cost of operation of these buses is also low compared to the traditional diesel or CNG run buses.