Goa will soon get a fleet of electric buses as the Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTC) is in the process of signing an MoU with the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) to bring 40 EVs. This action is being taken under the smart city initiative.
KTC general manager, Sanjay Ghate told TOI – “The buses will be purchased by the CCP through Smart City while the maintenance and operations will be managed by the KTC. We are planning to set up charging stations either in Dona Paula or near the Goa University.”
The buses will be following a ring route wherein they will start from the Kadamba bus terminus in Panaji and travel till Dona Paula. Instead of turning back, like the private buses on this route, the EVs will move forward to the Goa University and take the route from Bambolim to return to the Kadamba bus terminus in Panaji.
The buses will be accessible to the disabled community with low flooring. The KTC is likely to float a tender for the vehicles. Also, smart bus shelters will be put up for commuters where tickets will be generated. So far, the KTC has identified 36 locations across Panaji where these bus stops will be set up.
The bus routes have been planned through prominent parts of the city such that people do not have to walk much to get a bus. Other details like bus timings, fares, etc, are currently being worked out.