Thane to get 100 elec­tronic buses next year

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Shashikant Kothekar shashikant.kothekar@hin­dus­tan­

One can soon take an e-bus or an elec­tronic bus in Thane. The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) will pro­cure 100 e-buses and will start the buy­ing process from Jan­uary.

“The e-bus project is suc­cess­ful in Aus­tralia. The air-con­di­tioned buses can run 120km af­ter be­ing charged once and its bat­ter­ies take only 30-50 min­utes to be charged,” said a se­nior of­fi­cer from the TMC.

The TMC is also plan­ning to start a mini so­lar en­ergy power gen­er­a­tion plant at the TMT de­pot. “The so­lar power can be used to recharge the e-buses and for the TMT de­pot build­ing. At present, so­lar power is used in TMT head­quar­ters,” said the of­fi­cial.

The power plant at TMT de­pot will be done on pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship. “The TMC will not have to spend any money for project. It will only pro­vide the land,” he said.

The e-bus will be an­other step to­wards smart city.

Thane’s Smart City Project plan has been sub­mit­ted to the Cen­tre with an es­ti­mated cost of Rs6,630 crore. The ear­lier cost was Rs5,500 crore.

In the fi­nal draft, the TMC has set aside Rs2,900 crore for clus­ter de­vel­op­ment and Rs250 crore for wa­ter­front de­vel­op­ment.

The pro­posed new rail­way sta­tion be­tween Thane and Mu­lund has been pegegd at Rs500 crore. The TMC has shown a keen in­ter­est to pro­vide more fa­cil­i­ties for sports and will ren­o­vate Dadoji Kon­dev Sta­dium at a cost of Rs 50 crore.

To make the city smart, it will take steps to solve the park­ing prob­lem in Thane sta­tion area.

The TMC has pro­posed to spend Rs 30 crore to build mul­ti­level park­ing plaza near Thane sta­tion (West).

An un­der­ground park­ing plaza at Gaon­devi Maidan will cost the TMC Rs50 crore. A to­tal of Rs10 crore has been ear­marked for preser­va­tion and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of Ma­sunda and Hariyali lakes.

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