GUWAHATI, NOV 7: In a big development, the Assam government have decided to add 300 high-tech EV and CNG chugging buses to Guwahati city’s bus fleet by the end of 2023 could help accelerate a plan to phase out fossil fuel-consuming vehicles altogether by 2024.
While disclosing the development, Rahul Das, Managing Director of Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) said that the state government plans to make this happen in keeping with the Government of India’s call for ‘only Electric Vehicles’ on road by 2030.
“The primary reason for the roll out is the government’s commitment towards environment. These buses will not just decrease the overhead cost but will also be more convenient for running on the busy city streets,” Das added.
He further stated the proposed changes were a part of both the State and Central government’s to make Guwahati city “environment-friendly”
The ASTC has also sealed the deal on additional 100 electric buses from Olectra Greentech Ltd, which will be capable of running 165 km after being fully charged. These buses will cost the government over Rs 1 crore each, and will travel intercity.