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The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) is set to procure 450 new midi electric buses by this year-end and around 300 of them would be used for a feeder system for the upcoming Pune Metro project. This was informed by a senior official from the transport body.
The FAME-2 modifications were announced by the Centre earlier this month, calling for aggregation of e-buses and electric three-wheelers. The Centre decided the aggregation would be via energy efficiency services limited (EESL) agency.
PMPML chairman and managing director Rajendra Jagtap told TOI that -“Now there is a scope for more electric-run buses for the city. At present, the PMPML has a fleet of 150 such buses and orders to procure 150 more under the FAME-1 scheme and 350 more via the municipal corporations has already been given. In the last six months, we have had four meetings with different authorities including the MahaMetro regarding the integration of PMPML and the Metro. A total of 450 additional e-buses would be joining the fleet by the end of this year. For the feeder facilities, the buses expected to join the fleet would be 8 to 9 metre-long. Of the 450 buses, the feeder service would need a maximum of 300 buses and the remaining 150 would be used for PMPML’s ATAL bus service.”
The ATAL bus service was launched last year. It comprises midi buses meant for travelling short distances of around 5km at a Rs5 fare. These small buses connect the commuters to buses running on longer routes. At present, over 150 buses under the service were active.