The state government has decided a major step towards over the for electric transport start in next month. 50-seater electric vans are likely to start plying in almost all the major urban centers of the state by next month.
The Screening Committee head by the Chief Secretary today gives its approval for plying of the vans and sent its proposal to the Election Commission of India for final approval. Before approving or launching any project while the election code of conduct is on until December 20.The state government to seek the permission of the ECI. It is expected that the moment the ECI gives its go ahead, the electric van service will be launched in December.
Where the electric van service is to be launched there The 50 vans, each costing about Rs 11 lakh, have already been sent to the relevant Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) depots. The HRTC has already been issued 61 permits to launch the service in the urban centers and suburbs. Transport officials said that the vans would go to Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Mandi, Dharamsala, Hamirpur, Chamba, Mandi, Sundernagar, Nalagarh, Solan, Dehra, Bilaspur, Una, Palampur, Baijnath, and Nagrota.
The official said that “The main objective is to evoke confidence among the public that electric transport is pollution-free and a viable transport option as it is very cheap and convenient
The vans would run along routes between around the main towns and it would run between10 and 40 km.The Ministry of Industries, Government of India, has provided 90 percent assistance for the purchase of the vans provided by Mahindra. The Himachal Government had to carry just the matching funds of more 10 percent. These vans can be charged on routine 15-ampere points at the bus stands or workshops. So, there is no problem of recharging the battery.Himachal is the only state in the country which has already launched its electric bus service on the 51-km route between Manali and Rohtang.and It is following the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directives that the Himachal Government procured 25 electric buses with Central assistance so that the area till Rohtang can be saved from the ill-effects of pollution.
He said that pointed out that the entire 25 electric buses were yet to be received. “Once the route between Manali and Rohtang closes down due to snow, because of the snowfall we will run these buses on other routes in the state.
50 vans sent to HRTC depots
Each cost about Rs 11 lakh, have already been dispatched to the respective Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) depots, where the electric van service is to be launched. The HRTC has already been issued 61 permits to launch the service in the urban centers and suburbs.
Charging points on bus stands
- These vans can be charged on routine 15-ampere points at the bus stands and workshops.
- The objective is to evoke confidence among the public that this electric transport is pollution-free and a safe option for journey