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Chandigarh: First electric bus arrives, trial run from next week | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: The city’s first electric bus has reached from Chennai and will roll out next week, setting the stage for the launch of green public transport.
The bus — after the flagging-off ceremony by Punjab governor-cum-UT administrator V P Singh Badnore — will be on a trial run from PGI to Manimajra to assess its technical and mechanical strength. It will ply on the route for 15 to 20 days without any passengers. The bus will then be available for city residents.
A total of 19 more such buses will reach the city by September and run on multiple routes, as recommended by the transport department of the UT administration. The city will get a total of 40 buses.
“For a few weeks, the trial bus will run without any passengers. The trial run will be mainly to check its single charging range and other practical aspects. A single charging point for the bus has already been erected in Sector 25,” a senior official said.
Green Fleet
It will be for the first time that non-polluting public buses will run in the city, ending years of talks and paper work and giving a boost to the plan to replace the fleet of ordinary buses of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) with electric buses. In 2016, UT administrator V P Singh Badnore had approved the proposal of the transport department to purchase electric buses to fight air pollution. The administration had floated tenders for purchase of 40 electric buses in January 2019, but it was scrapped. Finally, a fresh tender was floated in February 2020.
20 charging stations to come up
A senior official said, “Over 20 more charging stations will come up at locations like the bus stand in sectors 17 and 43, PGI and the CTU depot.” The buses will be run by drivers of a company only according to the agreement. “Since the speed limit of buses in the city has been revised and a maximum limit of 60kmph is set, the driver will have to keep all these things in mind,” sources told TOI.





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