August 1, 2015
Eco-friendly buses to ply on Newtown roads
Electric-run buses will soon hit the roads of New Town in Rajarhat and nearby important junctions, connecting the township to the city. After the official team led by the West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee, spotted this form eco-friendly transport in London the ideas have taken form and are soon to be executed.
A MoU has already been signed between Hidco and Coal India Limited to operate the electric bus services in the township. The introduction will be with three electric-run buses that will ply circular routes in New Town, Rajarhat. The routes will end in important points linking the city, such as Ultadanga, Karunamoyee, Chinrighata and Chinar Park. The pollution-free buses would not only help the environment, but it would also boost the public transport system in New Town. The township is being developed as a green smart city and the electric-run buses will pave the way for the initiatives.
The New Town Development Authority is also trying to introduce e-ricksaws in the township that will run on short routes; it will be an alternative to the conventional autos. A plan for monorail is on the cards. The aim is to establish a smart public transport system for the township, which will be developed into a smart city. It entails having a personalized rapid transit system where vehicles will be pollution free, battery operated and will move on short routes.