Heavy Industry Dept invites EoI for 5,000 electric buses

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on June 05, 2019

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The Department of Heavy Industry has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) seeking proposals for availing incentives under the Fame Scheme Phase II for deploying 5,000 electric buses on operational-cost-model basis across select cities.

The Government had recently approved Phase II of Fame India Scheme under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India for three years commencing from April 1, extending total budgetary support of ₹10,000 crore.

The focus of the scheme is to encourage electrification of public and shared transportation.

Under the phase II of Fame, the Government intends to support about 7,000 e-buses with a total outlay of ₹3,500 crore by extending demand incentives for deployment of electric buses using operational cost model to be adopted by State and City Transport Corporations.

The EoI is being issued for inviting proposals from States and Union Territories, Government departments, State Transport Undertakings, Municipal Corporations and public entity interested in deployment of electric buses for public transport in different cities on an operational cost model.

It has laid down certain criteria that includes cities with million plus population as per 2011 census, Smart Cities notified by MoHUA, satellite towns connected to seven major metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad, major cities of special category States and UTs, the capital cities of all States/UTs and inter-city bus operations connecting these cities.

As per the proposals, deployment of 5,000 electric buses is planned to be supported in cities as per the criteria stated in the EoI. These buses will be sanctioned to different States /cities after evaluation of proposals received under the EoI, based on available resources and priorities set by the DHI.

It has categorised cities with four million plus population wherein 300 buses would be provided for each city. Of the eight cities identified, five cities will be chosen and 1,500 buses will be sanctioned. Likewise, other category cities have been identified.

These include 100 cities with million plus population where 45 cities will be targeted but 20 chosen. As many as 2,000 Two thousand buses will be allocated to these cities.

It has categorised buses as Standard Buses with length of 10-12 meters and cost of ₹55 lakh, Midi Bus 8-10 meters of ₹45 lakh and Mini Bus with length of 6-8 metres ₹35 lakh.

The qualifying parameters include State-level EV policy, registration charges and applicable road tax among other issues.

Published on June 05, 2019

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