20 more CNG buses for south Bengal

The State Environment Department has decided to introduce 20 more CNG buses in the districts of south Bengal. It will be fully funding the project.

CNG or compressed natural gas is a non-polluting fuel and hence does not adversely impact the environment.

The Transport Department has a plan to operate CNG buses all over the state, a plan which will be implemented in phases.

Besides being environment-friendly, CNG buses have another major advantage: though the cost of a bus is more – around Rs 1 crore – the cost of maintenance is considerably less than conventional buses. The cost of fuel is also much cheaper too.

The Government had earlier introduced CNG buses in Asansol and Durgapur, wherea total of 30 such buses ply. Wherever they have been introduced, CNG services have become very popular as well.

With respect to promoting environment-friendly means of travel, the Transport Department has also been giving a lot of support for the promotion of electric and biogas-run vehicles. Electric buses are run in New Town, the model smart city of the State Government. Eighty more electric buses will be introduced in various places by August. Buses using compressed biogas (CBG), produced from cow dung, as fuel run on certain routes in Kolkata.

Source: Millennium Post

Kolkatans to get electric buses by June

Come this June, city dwellers will be travelling in electric buses at Kolkata and its suburbs. The state Transport minister, made the announcement of introducing the pollution-free bus service.
The tender process to procure 40 electric buses is complete and it will take another three months for the buses to hit the city roads. It may be mentioned that as per the initial plan, a total of 80 electric buses will be put into service, including the 40 procured in the first phase.
Twenty out of the 40 buses are 9 metres in length and they will have a seating capacity of around 30. The rest are 12 metres in length, with a seating capacity of 40. There will also be sufficient space for passengers to stand while travelling.
30 battery chargers will be bought which will be installed at the depots, while 10 ‘fast battery chargers’ will also be bought, which will be kept at different bus terminals.


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