The Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) has completed the works of installing a charging station for their electric vehicles (EV) at the Margao bus stand. A total of 50 buses were to be delivered under phase two of the FAME India scheme. Of the 50 buses that were to be handed to Goa from a Hyderabad-based manufacturer, 30 have arrived in the state and are being recharged at the Margao charging station.
KTC managing director, Derek Pereira Neto told TOI that the transformer through which the charging station is powered has been installed at Margao for the charging station about 15 days ago. Presently, they only have the sole charging station at Margao and require funding from the state and central governments for the setting up of charging stations in other areas. Out of the 30 buses, only 10 are being used currently due to poor footfalls during the Covid curfew.
Along with this, a tender floated to procure 100 electric minibuses is also expected to be opened after 15 days. These mini EVs will be run on operational cost method and are different from the bigger electric buses that were launched under the FAME India scheme. The tender dates for the procurement of 100 EVs had been extended due to rising Covid-19 cases, and poor response. Within 15 days it will be open again. Once it’s opened up, simultaneously the work of more charging stations will begin.