Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a state-owned company, has announced the launch of 5,560 electric buses in major cities across the country. The move comes in response to a call from the Government of India to increase the use of environmentally-friendly vehicles in the public transport sector, a subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).
Of which 130 are double-story buses. Initially, electric buses will be operated in Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Surat. CESL is even planning to launch this service in July. The company has issued tenders worth Rs 5,500 crore for the project, which is still the largest in the sector.
The agency said the move would help the state governments concerned in achieving the target of environmentally friendly vehicles as well as greening the country. It will play a significant role in achieving the Government of India’s goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050. It will also help achieve the goal of energy independence by 2048.
According to CESL, bus fares will be reduced for the FAME-II project subsidy. They will launch this service in more cities of the country in the coming days. “This is by far the largest project in the world,” said Mahua Acharya, MD and CEO of CESL.