Ashutosh Tandon, who is the state urban development minister flagged off the prototype trial run of four air-conditioned electric buses from 1090 crossing in Gomtinagar.
The minister said – “Trial run of four electric buses has been launched in Lucknow. As many as 700 such buses will be started in the next few months in various cities of the state at a cost of over Rs 965 crore. These buses are air-conditioned, comfortable and free from noise and air pollution. After trials for a month, operation of other buses will start. It has been decided to keep the fare of these buses at par with that of ordinary buses so that more people get comfortable and cheap facilities. These buses will help in reducing pollution.”
He also mentioned that at least 600 buses would be introduced by the Union ministry of heavy industries under the second phase of FEMA (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles) India Scheme, which has been launched for greater adoption of electric vehicles in India. The total number of buses which will be operated in 11 cities are distributed as – Agra (100), Kanpur (100), Lucknow (100), Prayagraj (50), Varanasi (50), Ghaziabad (50), Meerut (50), Jhansi (25), Aligarh (25), Moradabad (25) and Bareilly (25). Along with these, 100 such buses will be run by the UP government through its own resources in three other cities – Gorakhpur (25), Shahjahanpur (25) and Mathura-Vrindavan (50).