Transport Minister to unveil Bengaluru’s first e-bus at Kengeri depot
Transport Minister B Sriramulu will unveil Bengaluru’s first electric bus on Thursday. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has already received the electric bus built by JBM Auto Limited, based in Uttar Pradesh.
The first e-bus will be unveiled by the Minister at the Kengeri depot. Outside of Kengeri, e-buses will be operated from BMTC’s Yeshwantpur and KR Puram depots. Each e-bus will have a capacity of 33 passengers.
According to BMTC officials, the commercial electric bus service will start in Kannada Rajyotsava (November 1). “We have only received one e-bus so far, but we expect to receive at least 10 by November. We will then be able to operate food services to Namma metro stations and resolve last mile connectivity issues faced by metro passengers, ”a senior BMTC official told IndianExpress.com.
The buses are launched by the BMTC in association with Smart City Bengaluru and the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.
“After completing the RTO formalities, the e-buses will be deployed on the city’s roads. The buses will be operated on the basis of a gross cost contract (GCC), whereby the private company will not only supply the buses but also take full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the buses. The company will also provide drivers, ”officials added.
The BMTC will install recharging points for the buses at the depots and provide the necessary infrastructure to maintain the electric buses at the three depots.