NMMT likely to get elec­tric buses

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta ■ sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: In a bid to adopt eco-friendly mea­sures, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT) is now mulling to in­tro­duce elec­tric buses to ply on the city roads soon.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, two Delhi-based au­to­mo­bile com­pa­nies have ap­proached the trans­port body to try out their model buses on a trial-run ba­sis for a month.

The move comes at a time when NMMT is al­ready work­ing to­wards pro­vid­ing en­vi­ron­ment­friendly trans­port with the in­tro­duc­tion of hy­brid buses in the city by next year.

“We re­cently re­ceived a let­ter from two au­to­mo­bile com­pa­nies ask­ing us to try out their model buses which are fully op­er­a­tional on elec­tric­ity for a trial ba­sis,” said Sabu Daniel, NMMT chair­man.

“We will dis­cuss with the ad­min­is­tra­tion about this be­fore tak­ing the trial and making fur­ther plans,” he said.

Speak­ing about the pro­posal, the of­fi­cial said that the pro­posal is good and would be ben­e­fi­cial for re­duc­ing the car­bon foot­print in the city with the in­tro­duc­tion of more eco-friendly ve­hi­cles.

“How­ever, we need to check all the pa­ram­e­ters be­fore like the to­tal cost and how vi­able will it be in long run and then opt for run­ning it on a trial ba­sis,” he added.

The buses will have zero emis­sion level and will run on elec­tric­ity. They can be charged at spe­cific junc­tions which will have charg­ing points.

Th­ese elec­tric buses are gen­er­ally plied on pre­dictable routes so that they can be taken for quick recharg­ing. So­lar pan­els are be­ing used in th­ese buses to power the spe­cific air-con­di­tion­ing cir­cuit.

Mean­while, the trans­port body is all set to add its much-awaited hy­brid buses to its fleet by the first half of 2016. The buses will be re­ceived un­der the Cen­tre’s Jawa­har­lal Nehru Na­tional Ur­ban Re­newal Mis­sion (JNNURM-2) scheme. “There are to­tal 10 hy­brid buses which we are sched­uled to get un­der the scheme. Two buses will be in­tro­duced in Jan­uary,” said of­fi­cials.

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