Another fleet of 90 electric buses along with an e-bus depot was launched by Union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey in Pune, Maharashtra on Friday.
Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and minister Chandrakant Patil, both from BJP, were also present during the inauguration of the electric bus depot of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd.
The depot can accommodate 90 buses and will be allocated 5700 KW power to charge the buses.
The new depot will improve the public mobility in Pune which earlier faced the huge challenge of charging the electric buses. Around 60 e-buses could not be operated mainly due to sufficient power availability, officials said.
With the new e-bus depot, the number of operational buses of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd will rise to 378.
The city is expected to get additional 60 e-buses soon, with officials expressing hope that the total fleet strength to reach up to 500 e-buses by the end of this year.
“I had the opportunity to flag off 150 buses in 2019, which have by now completed around 2 crore kilometre run in the last three years. PMPML will be known for being the first to achieve 100 per cent fleet run on non-conventional energy with zero emission,” the Union minister told reporters.
Pandey said the government aims to bring entire public transport on alternate fuel. “Maharashtra will be the first state to achieve this target under the leadership of chief minister Eknath Sinde,” he further stated.
“We are committed towards eco-friendly development. Pune authorities should now use solar energy for charging stations”, he added.
He also said that the government will soon start an integrated transport system using a single ticketing application.
The minister lauded the entire team of PMPML for their continued efforts to make public transport eco-friendly and convenient and exhorted them to make the public transport system in Pune fully electric.