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Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal will launch 150 electric buses today. All the commuters in these e-buses will get a free ride for three days. Free travel is offered to encourage riders to use electric buses.
With these 150 electric buses, Delhi will have the most number of e-buses in the country. Arvind Kejriwal earlier launched two flagship e-buses in January.
The buses have CCTV cameras, 10 panic buttons, GPS, ramps for differently-abled, emit zero pollution, and so on. The buses will run on Route No. 502 between Mori Gate and Mehrauli Terminal and the IP Depot -Connaught Place – Safdarjung – South Extension -Ashram – Jangpura -India Gate route.
The transport department on Monday said, “All the officers and the operational crew of DTC may be informed accordingly and not to insist commuters for purchase of tickets, during the aforesaid period of 03 days in all pure electric buses of DTC.”
“It’s being done to motivate people and to spread awareness about the e-buses. With the addition of 150 buses, the e-buses fleet will go up to 152,” the official added.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said, “This is a huge day for us. Delhi government has always been pushing its people to shift to greener modes of transport and make the switch to EVs. Shifting to public transport, especially sustainable modes of public transport, is a lifestyle change that we wish to see in Delhiites.”
“We really want people to travel in these buses, experience the comfort and spread the word. I’ve personally driven and travelled in these buses, now you can also ride in these buses which are synonyms of zero pollution, zero noise, maximum comfort,” he added.