Funding from FAME Phase II Scheme
The Department of Heavy Industry has sanctioned 5,595 electric buses to 64 Cities, State Government Entities, State Transport Undertakings (STUs) for intra-city and intercity operation under FAME India scheme phase II in order to give a further push to clean mobility in public transportation.
Proposals from 26 States/UTs for the deployment of 14,988 e-Buses were received, said the Ministry of Heavy Industries on 8 August 2019.
This was response to the Expression of Interest (EoI) invitation from cities, smart cities, State/UT capitals and cities from special category states for submission of proposal for deployment of electric buses on operational cost basis.
After evaluation of these proposals as per EoI, on the advice of Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee (PISC) the Government sanctioned 5,095 electric buses to 64 Cities / State Transport Corporations for intra-city operation, 400 electric buses for intercity operation and 100 electric buses for last mile connectivity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Each selected City/STUs is required to initiate the procurement process in a time bound manner for deployment of sanctioned electric buses on operational cost basis.
As per EoI, buses which satisfy required localization level and technical eligibility notified will be eligible for funding under FAME India scheme phase II which aims to make public transport run on electric vehicles.
These buses will run about 4 billion kilometers during their contract period and are expected to save cumulatively about 1.2 billion liters of fuel over the contract period, which will result into avoidance of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emission, said the Ministry. fiinews.com